Temporary Anchorage Devices
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. These small, screw-like metal elements act as stationary anchors and remain in place for several months before being removed. Although TADs have been in existence for more than 35 years, it is only within the past decade that their use has become commonplace. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear at the orthodontist in Bay Ridge.
Why Use TADs?
The use of teeth as orthodontic anchors can sometimes cause the teeth used as anchors themselves to move. There is also sometimes not a viable tooth to use at the point where the anchor is needed. The use of TADs at the orthodontist in Bay Ridge can eliminate the need to use teeth as anchors, allowing a stable push-off point for the tooth or teeth you desire to move.
Using TADs can also shorten overall treatment time, eliminate the need to wear elastics or rubber bands, and in some cases can make certain oral surgeries unnecessary. TADs sometimes allow the orthodontist in Bay Ridge to take on more serious or complex cases, which might have usually been very difficult to treat. Finally, in many situations, TADs can eliminate the need for headgear, providing a more aesthetically pleasing method for shifting teeth.
How Are TADs placed?
A strong 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 through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The installation of a TAD is quick and may be over before you know it. While your doctor is installing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure; however, within a day, discomfort will vanish. A TAD is removed either 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® or Ibuprofen is recommended to help alleviate pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact us as soon as possible. Some patients also experience discomfort after the TAD removal process. Although the removal process is simpler than the installation process, you may experience some soreness.
How Can I Keep My TAD Clean?
After your TAD is placed by the orthodontist in Bay Ridge, it requires very little maintenance from the patient. 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 installed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
Contact Our Orthodontist Today
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.