Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, allow patients who would normally require surgery for orthodontic care to receive non-surgical treatment. A TAD is a biocompatible device fixed to the jawbone for the purpose of adding additional anchorage. TADs are used in conjunction with traditional braces.

Some patients have cases where there is no anchor to subtly push or pull a tooth into place, and surgery would normally be used. However, with TAD technology, surgery can be avoided and teeth can still be moved into the correct position. Once the teeth have been shifted into correct position, the TAD may be removed. Dr. Rhoda Lockett has been trained in the most progressive and clinically successful techniques of TAD placement.

How Are TADs Placed?

The process begins by applying a very strong anesthetic gel to numb the gum tissue where the TADS will be placed. Once numb, Dr. Lockett will place the TAD. Some pressure may be felt as the TAD is placed, but nothing more. The entire experience should be quick and painless. Within a day or two, your mouth will become acclimate to the presence of the TAD, and you will no longer be able to feel it. Once your treatment has come to an end, the TAD will be removed using a similar procedure.

Care For Your TAD

Much like the care of your orthodontic braces, your TADs need to be cleaned and maintained. Each time you brush your teeth, gently brush on and around the TAD. This will prevent unwanted plaque buildup and infection around the TAD and gum area where the TAD may be placed. Mouthwash can help in conjunction with brushing.

To learn more about TADs and if they’re right for you or your child, please call Lockett Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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