Temporary Anchorage Devices

One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs.


Temporary anchorage devices are typically not required in most orthodontic cases. Contact us if you’d like to know more about TADs and how they can potentially improve your othodontic treatment.

How are TADs placed?

A local anaesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, the TAD is placed firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and may be over before you know it. While the TAD is placed, 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.

What can I do to relieve the discomfort caused by my TAD?

If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, your usual pain medication may help relieve any pain or discomfort. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact us as soon as possible.

How can I keep my TAD clean?

A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day.

If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.