Temporary Anchorage Device
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in orthopedics to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs are used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear. The TAD is very small (usually 1.5-2mm in diameter) specially engineered titanium screw which is placed through your gum and into the jaw bone and acts as an anchor point to assist with the movement of your teeth. Local anesthesia is used to numb a small area of your gum when the device is gently inserted. You may experience a pressure sensation during the procedure. As the local anesthesia wears off after the insertion, you may feel some discomfort within the first 24 hours, but ibuprofen or acetaminophen will alleviate this. TADs are easily removed when no longer needed, and usually without the need for any anesthesia. The site where the TAD was placed heals within several days after removal without requiring sutures. The duration of the TAD treatment will be determined by your orthodontist, but in most cases, TADs are only required for a few months. However, it may be left in for a longer duration of time so the desired result of the treatment can be achieved.