TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICES
Temporary Anchorage Devices in Des Plaines, IL
Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs, are small anchors made from titanium that are used in orthodontics. Their purpose is to help achieve quicker tooth re-alignment with more comfort and efficiency than other methods. They’re typically used as an alternative to headgear and an addition to braces in cases where patients need teeth shifted significantly.
TADs are very small, usually about 2mm in diameter. They are tiny screws, made from titanium, that will be placed into your jaw bone and gum to act as an actor point. As an anchor, they’ll be used by your dentist to help shift your teeth into the proper position.
Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb a small section of your gum. This will allow for the gentle placement of the implant. You’re likely to experience the sensation of pressure while the TADs are being placed, but you won’t feel any pain. Once the local anesthetic has worn off, you may feel some discomfort for around 24 hours. Over-the-counter pain medication can help alleviate any discomfort you do feel following the procedure.
How long your TADs need to remain in place will depend on your treatment plan. Typically, they only need to remain in place for around a few months. When they aren’t needed anymore, TADs can be removed easily and gently without any anesthesia. The site where the TAD used to be placed will only take a few days to heal after removal, and the healing process should be painless.
TADs will not damage your mouth tissue or teeth according to all known research. TADs are typically a very stable treatment option and, once placed, they shouldn’t be any nuisance to you whatsoever. Sometimes, they can fall out prematurely, but it’s rarely a painful process. You may be required to have them replaced, however.
For more information on how Temporary Anchorage Devices in Des Plaines can be used to help your orthodontic treatment, contact our office today.