Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in some orthodontic cases to help achieve tooth movement more quickly, efficiently, and with as much comfort as possible. TADs are used to help straighten teeth in situations where braces alone are not enough. TADs are also used as an alternative to headgear.
How does Dr. Wu place a TAD?
TADs are placed without the use of a needle. 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, Dr. Wu gently places the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, with very little to no pain. You may feel a slight pressure as Dr. Wu places the TAD; however, 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 takes just minutes and is completely pain-free.
What can I do to relieve any discomfort caused by my TAD?
If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol or Ibuprofen is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact Dr. Wu as soon as possible.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces, by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. When you get your TAD placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. Dr. Wu will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment with a TAD. Please call (650) 593-1160 or click here to schedule an appointment today.