Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are special mini-implants used to assist in the orthodontic movement of teeth. They allow isolated repositioning of only one tooth and permit tooth movement without applying pressure to surrounding teeth.
How are TADs placed?
TADs are typically placed under topical or local anesthesia in areas recommended by your orthodontist. Once the area is numb, Dr. Meador will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the bone. The placement of the TAD is quick and typically painless. You may feel slight pressure as the TAD is placed; however, within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD is again quick and completely painless.
How do I keep my TAD clean?
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces, by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. When you get your TAD placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
If you have questions about TAD's, please contact our office. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment with a TAD.