What are TADs?
Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small metal anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs are generally used in addition to braces and will often permit complex tooth movement that would otherwise be impossible, increasing the versatility of treatment and often the quality of the result.
How are TADs placed?
An anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, your doctor will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick and may be over before you know it. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.