Temporary anchorage devices are sometimes needed for treatment.
TADS are small titanium anchors that are sometimes required in orthodontic treatment to move the teeth more efficiently and with greater comfort to the patient. These can be used with braces or as a way of avoiding the use of headgear. We are experienced in the use of TADS.
TADS are placed easily.
We use a powerful anesthetic so that the gum is completely numb, as well as the surrounding jaw area. The TAD is then placed inside the gum tissue and anchored to the jawbone. The process is quick and mostly painless; a day after placement, most patients no longer feel anything.
You can manage any pain you do feel at home.
Saltwater rinses and over-the-counter pain relievers should be sufficient in managing the discomfort from the procedure. Should you feel more pain than these can handle, contact us. We will want to examine you to make certain everything is okay.
Caring for your TAD is simple.
You essentially treat your TAD like braces. You brush it three times a day and use an antimicrobial mouthwash once a day. Beyond that, you pretty much forget it is there until it is removed.
Do you have questions about the use of TADS? Contact us with your enquiries.