Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are small titanium anchor mini-implants that are used with braces for patients with certain orthodontic needs. TADs are commonly used instead of headgear to help move teeth more efficiently and comfortably. They are implanted in the mouth during a minor procedure. Elastics are then attached to the TADs, which serve as anchors. At Schanilec & Trammell Orthodontics, TADs are most commonly used for:
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Uprighting a tooth
- Correcting an open bite
- Distalizing (pushing back) molars
What You Need to Know About TADs
During the implant procedure, an oral surgeon will apply an anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Then, he will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The procedure is very fast, and you won’t feel anything other than a slight pressure during placement. Most patients don’t experience any soreness or discomfort. If you are feeling any tenderness after getting TADs, an over-the-counter pain reliever should reduce inflammation effectively.
While TADs are in your mouth, care for them as another part of your braces. Make sure they stay clean by brushing them after all meals and snacks. If your TAD is causing pain that is moderate to severe, contact your oral surgeon right away. This is not normal and should be checked out immediately.
When Dr. Trammell or Dr. Schanilec no longer requires TADs for your orthodontic treatment, your oral surgeon will simply remove them from your mouth. This only takes a few minutes and is a simple, comfortable procedure. Please talk to us at your next appointment to learn more about TADs.