TAD stands for Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
TADs, or small titanium anchors, may be used in some orthodontic circumstances to accelerate tooth movement and increase patient comfort. TADs are a suitable alternative to or in addition to headwear.
How are TADs positioned?
A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gums and surrounding jaw before inserting the TAD. Before inserting the TAD into the jawbone, the area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic. A TAD operation may be performed in seconds and you may not even notice. You may have some pressure as your doctor installs the TAD, but this will go off within a day. Your TAD will be removed after your treatment is completed or when it is no longer required to straighten your teeth. TAD removal is a fast and painless procedure.
What can I do to relieve the symptoms of TAD discomfort?
If you have discomfort as a consequence of having your TADs placed, Tylenol® should be administered. If you continue to have discomfort following your treatment, please contact your orthodontist right away.
What can I do to keep the debris out of my TAD?
You may clean your TAD as well as your braces by brushing your teeth at least three times every day. After the TAD is implanted, we will also provide you an antimicrobial mouthwash to use twice a day.
If you have any questions about TADs, please contact our office. If you have any concerns or questions about your impending orthodontic treatment, please contact us.