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What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

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What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) are sometimes applied by orthodontists to help make the tooth movement process go more quickly and comfortably.


TADs are small titanium anchors that orthodontists sometimes use to help the tooth movement process be more efficient. These devices can be used either in combination with braces, or alone, as an alternative to headgear.

The process by which TADs are placed doesn't take long. The orthodontist will use a strong anesthetic to numb the gum and jaw tissue in the area around where the TAD will be placed. Then, the he will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. It will all be over in no time!

At first, you may feel a small amount of discomfort after the TAD has been placed. This will fade quickly, but in the meantime, take an over-the-counter painkiller for relief.

How do I care for my TAD?

Clean your TAD just like you would your braces: by brushing your teeth 3 times a day. We’ll also provide an antimicrobial mouthwash that should be used twice a day.

If you have any other questions about TADs, please contact the team at Austin Heights Orthodontics today!