Temporary Anchorage Devices
What is a TAD?
A TAD is a miniature screw that we position in the mouth. It serves as an anchor for moving specific teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible. TADs are made of a sterile medical-grade titanium alloy. This technique allows us to treat certain cases that were nearly impossible before this technique was refined. TADs also allow us to treat cases better and faster than ever before.
What are the benefits of having a TAD placed?
There are lots of different reasons to use a TAD. Examples are:
- Greater patient comfort.
- Shortened treatment times.
- Avoids or minimizes painful procedures such as extractions, endodontic therapy and orthognathic surgery.
- Opens space for implants/bridges.
- Eliminates the need for troublesome appliances, such as headgear.
Do you need anesthetic to have a TAD placed?
There’s an effective way of numbing the gums that is 100% pain- and needle-free. First, we apply a fast-acting numbing gel where the TAD will be inserted. After the gel desensitizes the area topically, we power spray the gums with a small amount of local anesthetic that completely numbs it. The entire procedure is pain-free.
How is a TAD positioned?
After numbing the area where the TAD is to be placed, we use gentle pressure to insert it through the gums and into the bone between your teeth. You may feel some slight pressure during insertion but no pain. The entire procedure only takes a few seconds.
What if a TAD becomes loose?
On occasion, a TAD might become a little loose. In most cases this minor mobility is nothing to be concerned about; however, if you feel the TAD is excessively loose, or it is causing you discomfort, call the office and we’ll make an appointment to see you.
How long will the TAD need to stay in place?
The anchorage device is temporary and is typically removed in a few months when it is no longer needed to assist in tooth movement.
Will it hurt when it is removed?
No. Before we remove it, we’ll place numbing gel around the TAD and then back it out gently. The entire process takes only a few seconds.
I’ve never heard of TADs before. Are they new?
Orthodontists have used TADs since 1983 and oral surgeons have used miniature screws like this for decades longer. Recent refinements in the devices and the procedures for their use have propelled the application of TADs to a heightened level in orthodontics. With TADs, orthodontic treatment options have never been greater. For more information, please visit www.ormco.com/VectorTAS.