Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices or TADs. Made of biocompatible titanium, TADs are mini-screw anchors utilized in some orthodontic cases. They are designed to help teeth move faster, more efficiently, and with greater comfort. TADs can be used in conjunction with braces or as an alternative to the headgear appliance. TADs even make some tooth movement possible that was once considered impossible without them. Dr. McDonough was among the first orthodontists in the country to use TADs. It is now commonly taught in most orthodontic residency programs.

How are TADs placed?

Dr. McDonough will apply a topical anesthetic on your gum tissue and the jaw near the area where the TAD will be placed. After the area has numbed, Dr. McDonough will gently insert the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The procedure is quick. You may feel a little pressure while Dr. McDonough is placing the TAD. Luckily, within a day you will not even be able to feel the TAD. The TAD will be removed once your treatment is complete or when Dr. McDonough decides that you no longer need it to help straighten your teeth. Removing the TAD is simple and comfortable and typically only takes a few minutes.

What can I do to relieve any discomfort?

If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. Please contact our office if you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment.

How can I keep my TAD clean?

Simply brush your teeth three times a day, just as you do to keep your braces clean. Dr. McDonough will also prescribe an antimicrobial rinse that you must use two times a day.

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