What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

micro_implantsThe process of straightening teeth involves causing or restricting tooth movement, something that’s not always easy to accomplish. Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, provide orthodontists with an additional means to apply force and resist tooth movement. If you live in the Clovis or Fresno area and are considering Fresno orthodontics to correct dental misalignments, TADs can provide the means to fix moderate to severe problems.

What is orthodontic anchorage?

Sometimes, braces alone are not enough to get teeth into a proper alignment. Orthodontic anchorage is the means by which orthodontists apply force to either move teeth or keep them from moving. In the past, this would often have to be achieved with devices like headgear, which can be cumbersome, unsightly, and even painful when applied. TADs give orthodontists a better means of controlling tooth movement without having to rely on external dental appliances.

What are temporary anchorage devices?

TADs are temporary dental implants that give orthodontists a better option for providing a base to apply traction to teeth. These implants are miniature screws that are inserted into the bone between teeth. TADs allow orthodontists to manipulate individual teeth in a better, faster, more discreet way than ever before. They can help correct gaps in teeth, open bites, tilted molars, and other orthodontic issues.

What should patients know about TADs?

Though TADs are easy from an orthodontist’s perspective, patients may have some valid concerns about these dental implants before they receive them. Fortunately, these implants do not require special care and having them implanted is a low-risk procedure:

The entire procedure is performed in an orthodontist’s office, under a local anesthetic.

After the area is numbed, the titanium-alloy screw is put in place. This is painless, though some patients may feel pressure in the area.

TADs can be repositioned to suit the changing needs of teeth.

The TAD is removed when it is no longer needed, typically after a few months. The area will be numbed with a fast acting topical anesthetic, and the device will be gently unscrewed.

Recovery from both installation and removal is typically uneventful. Patients may wish to use an over-the-counter pain reliever to help cope with any aching in the area, but nothing else is usually necessary.

Daily care of TADs is simple. Patients are usually instructed to clean the area twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush and a cleaning solution.

If the implant causes any irritation to the cheeks or gums, patients can apply some orthodontic wax to the screw and make an appointment to see their orthodontist.

TADs are a minimally invasive, discreet way for orthodontists to effectively align teeth and correct bite problems without cumbersome headgear. If you are currently considering visiting a Fresno or Clovis orthodontics specialist, contact Dr. Nicole Nalchajian and Dr. Greg Nalchajian today at Nalchajian Orthodontics. They can help start you on the journey to the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Nalchajian Orthodontics – 7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720

Phone: (559) 432 7100

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

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