Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker and previously impossible tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or clear aligners.
How are TADs placed?
A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw where the TAD will be placed, so you shouldn’t experience any discomfort, only some pressure. Once the area is numb, Dr. Sandman will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and anchor it into the bone of either upper or lower jaws. The placement is fast and is likely to be over before you know it.
While the doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you will no longer be able to feel it. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal is an easy, comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
If you do feel any discomfort after having your TADs placed, Tylenol® or Advil is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact our office 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.
How Can I Get Temporary Anchorage Devices in Bergen County, NJ?
Bergen Orthodontics are experts in TADs and TAD-powered orthodontic treatment in Bergen County. Bergen Orthodontics and its team also deliver outstanding family orthodontic care for anyone with orthodontic appliances, dental implants, braces, clear aligners, lingual braces, or any number of other orthodontic methods.
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.