Temporary Anchorage Devices
Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve more predictable tooth movement.
How are TADs placed?
An anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw in the area where the TAD will be placed. Once it is numb, your orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and may be over before you know it. Your TAD is removed when it is no longer needed. 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. We will recommend an anti-microbial gel or mouthwash to use in conjunction with normal brushing and flossing.