Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used sometimes for orthodontic care to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADS have revolutionized orthodontics by providing absolute anchorage and enabling orthodontists to move teeth in ways that were not possible before.

Here are some of the ways TADs can be used:

  • They can be used to close extraction spaces and avoid implant placement
  • They can return impacted teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted to an upright position.
  • They can intrude teeth without the need for braces on all teeth.
  • They close open bites that would otherwise need to be treated with jaw surgery.
  • TADs can pull back lower teeth to help correct underbites without removing teeth.

How are TADs placed?

A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, Dr. Shen Garnett will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone.

The placing is quick, and may be over before you know it. While Dr. Garnett 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 a 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 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. Use a cotton swab soaked in hydrogen peroxide and clean around the TAD twice a day after brushing your teeth.

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.