Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchoring devices, or TADs, are tiny titanium anchors used in some orthodontic situations to assist in achieving more efficient and comfortable tooth movement. TADs may be used in conjunction with braces or in place of headgear.

How are TADs placed?

The gum tissue and jaw around the region where the TAD will be implanted are numbed with a powerful anesthetic. After numbing the region, your doctor will carefully insert the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The procedure for implanting a TAD is rapid and may be completed before you realize it. You may feel mild pressure when your doctor is inserting the TAD, but after a day, you will no longer be able to feel it. Once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer necessary to assist in straightening your teeth, your TAD is removed. TAD removal is a simple, painless treatment that takes just a few minutes.

What can I do to lessen the symptoms caused by my TAD?

If you experience any discomfort after the placement of your TADs, Tylenol® is prescribed to assist in reducing your pain. Please call Dr. Gray’s office if you continue to feel pain days following your treatment.

How can I keep my TAD clean?

Brush your teeth three times a day to clean your TAD. Antimicrobial mouthwash will also be given to you when your TAD is put in. You will need to use it every two hours.

If you have any questions about TADs, please call our office. We will be able to answer all of your questions and give you a lot of information about your treatment.