TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) will sometimes be used as part of an orthodontic treatment plan to help make the tooth movement process go more quickly and comfortably.
TADs are small titanium anchors used to help the tooth movement process move along more speedily. They can be used either in combination with braces, or alone instead of headgear.
The placement of TADs does not take long at all. The orthodontist will use a strong anesthetic to numb the gum and jaw tissue in the area in which the TAD will be placed. Then, he will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone.
You may feel a small amount of discomfort after the TAD has been placed. This will fade fairly quickly, but in the meantime, take an over-the-counter painkiller for relief.
How do I take care of my TAD?
To clean your TAD, do just what you would your braces: brush your teeth 3 times a day. We’ll also provide an antimicrobial mouthwash that should be used twice daily.