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Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
How Are TADs Placed?
An anesthetic is used to numb the area where a TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, Dr. McAnnally will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the underlying bone. TAD placement seldom takes more than a minute and may be over before you know it. During placement you will feel slight pressure. Within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. When your TAD is placed, we will provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash to use twice a day.
TADs are removed when no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal is a comfortable procedure that takes less than a minute.
Is There Any Discomfort After TADs are Placed?
If you feel any discomfort after your TADs are placed, Tylenol® or other over-the-counter analgesics will normally provide relief. If you continue to experience discomfort, please contact Dr. McAnnally.
How are TADs Cleaned?
TADs are cleaned the same way you clean your braces (see Braces 101).
Doctor McAnnally will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding TADs and your treatment.