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Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs are frequently used in conjunction with your braces to assist in correcting the following dental problems:

  • Directing the eruption of impacted teeth
  • Closing spaces resulting from extracted or missing teeth, while not affecting the dental midline
  • Correcting (Distalizing) Molar Position
  • Anchoring Molars while retracting a large overjet
  • Intruding teeth

How are TADs placed?

Nitrous along with a strong dental 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, your doctor will gently place the TAD into the bone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and may be over before you know it. 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. 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.

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 discomfort. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment or have pain, please contact us at 517-278-7900 or Dr. Whateley's emergency line if after hours.

How can I keep my TAD clean?

A TAD can be cleaned by simply brushing the area three times a day. When your TAD is placed, we typicallly provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that we recommend using twice a day.

If you have questions about TADs, please contact us. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.

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