Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
You may have heard about TADs and wondered exactly what they are. Temporary Anchorage Devices, TADs, are tiny anchors crafted of titanium that are sometimes used to achieve faster, more efficient and more comfortable tooth movement. They can be used in conjunction with braces, or as a replacement of headgear.
How is TAD placement achieved?
Dr. Balakrishnan will first anesthetize the gum and jaw tissue adjacent to where the TAD will be located. This will help to ensure your comfort. The TAD is then inserted into the gum and jaw tissue.
While you may feel some pressure or discomfort, this should subside within 24 hours. After that, you won’t even remember your TAD is working for you. Once orthodontic treatment is complete, your TAD is removed. It only takes a few minutes, and the process results in only minor discomfort.
Ways to relieve discomfort with your TAD
While some patients may experience discomfort with TAD therapy, there are simple ways to minimize it. Try over the counter medication like acetaminophen, and use warm compresses if need be. If the discomfort continues for several days, please call our office right away. You can come back in for a visit at which time, we will make any necessary adjustments.
Keeping your TAD clean
Cleaning is imperative. Approach cleaning your TAD just like you would braces. Brush three times a day and floss once a day, usually best at night. After TAD placement, your orthodontist will give you an antimicrobial mouthwash to use twice a day. This will help promote the overall health of your mouth.
TAD is a surprisingly quick process. In fact, many patients express surprise when they are told their therapy is complete!
Got more questions about TADs? We would love to hear from you. Contact Downers Grove Orthodontics today at (630) 515-2727 to get answers to your questions and to book your next appointment with us.
Downers Grove Orthodontics
1330 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Fax: (630) 566-1500
Serving Downers Grove, Lisle, La Grange and Woodridge, IL.
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