Temporary anchorage devices
Modern technology has made leaps and bounds when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Say goodbye to unsightly headgear thanks to miniscule (yet majorly effective) temporary anchorage devices.
What is a temporary anchorage device?
A temporary anchorage device, also known as a “TAD,” is a mini medical screw specifically designed for orthodontic treatment. TADs are made from medical-grade Titanium alloy, and come in a number of designs depending on their intended use and placement.
TAD’s are surgically implanted into the jaw bone to provide a solid anchor point during tooth movement.
How do TADs assist
TADs act as an anchor during orthodontic treatment. They prevent unwanted tooth movement, and help achieve massive results that only headgear or jaw surgery could do previously - like correcting open bites.
Does getting a TAD hurt?
Getting a temporary anchorage device shouldn’t hurt. Before we place a TAD, we will numb the area with local anesthesia, so you should only feel a slight pressure during the procedure - if anything at all!
After the anesthetic wears off, you may experience some slight discomfort for the first 24 hours, but this can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. When you’re done with treatment, removal is simple and painless, and the site will heal up in just a few days!
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If you have questions about temporary anchorage devices, we can answer them when you visit our office! We’ll determine if TADs are the right choice for your smile.Book a complimentary consultation