Temporary Anchorage Device

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors that may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort.


How are TADs placed?

 Your orthodontist will use a strong anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Then, he will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. It is a fairly quick procedure, during which you may feel slight pressure. 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 a painless procedure that takes just a few minutes.


What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?

 If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact your dentist as soon as possible.


How can 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 your TAD is placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.


If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment