Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
If you feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, we recommend taking Tylenol® to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort in the days following your treatment, please contact us as soon as possible.
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. When your TAD is placed, we also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash to use twice a day. If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.