What are TADs in Orthodontics?
Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are small titanium dental mini screws that are placed in the mouth to help achieve quicker and more efficient tooth movement. These orthodontic appliances can be used in conjunction with braces and are removed once orthodontic treatment is completed.
Using TADS for orthodontic treatment
TADs can be used to correct several orthodontic problems, including:
- Open bites
- Deep bites
- Class II cases
- Class III cases
- Protrusive incisors
How and where are TADs placed?
Using an anesthetic, your orthodontist will insert the Temporary Anchorage Device through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Once treatment is complete, the removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.
Are TADs Painful?
Although TADs aren’t very invasive, you may feel some discomfort after they are installed within the first 24 hours. If you continue to experience discomfort or pain days after your treatment, please contact your dentist as soon as possible.
How to Clean Your Temporary Anchorage Devices?
We recommend cleaning your TAD the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. You’ll also be provided with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
If you have questions about temporary anchorage devices, please contact Wonder West Orthodontics today. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.