Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, also known as orthodontic mini implants, are small titanium screws that are temporarily inserted into your bone between the roots of the teeth to enhance orthodontic anchorage, 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 TAD's places?
There is minimal or no discomfort when having a TAD inserted because the bone tissue does not have nerve endings. A local anesthesia is used to ensure you're comfortable at your appointment. Once the area is numb, your doctor will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and may be over before you know it. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.
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.
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.