Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small metallic anchors or screws used for specific problems for our patients to help achieve "surgical" results without a patient needing to actually have surgery. Moving teeth is sort of like a tug of war, and using a TAD(s) allows Dr. Altherr to do things for our patients that we otherwise could not do with braces only.
How are TADs placed?
A local anesthetic is used to numb the area where Dr. Altherr will place the TAD(s). The placement of a TAD is quick, and may be over before you know it... usually a minute or two. While Dr. A is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure; after that, the feel of the TAD is usually very similar to a pierced ear with an earring. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. The removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes as well.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
If you do feel any temporary discomfort from having your TAD(s) placed, any over the counter pain medicine is recommended to help relieve your temporary discomfort. If you experience discomfort with your TAD(s) during your treatment, please contact Dr. Altherr as soon as possible since this may be a sign that it is loose.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
In additional to brushing your teeth anyway, we recommened using a mouthrinse like Listerine or its generic equal to help maintain your TAD.
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our office. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.