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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 prescribed by orthodontists to help make the tooth movement process go more quickly and comfortably.


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

Placing a TAD is a quick process, and your child will barely feel a thing. The orthodontist will use a strong anesthetic to numb the gum and jaw tissue in the area around where the TAD is to be placed. Then, the she will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone.

You may feel a small amount of discomfort at first 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 is easy; just like with your braces, brush 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 Ridge Meadows Orthodontics today!

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