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WHAT ARE ORTHODONTIC TADS? (TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICES)



Orthodontic TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) are small miniscrews that are inserted into the palate or jawbone. They are a point of leverage used to enable efficient orthodontic movements.


TADs have a wide range of applications. They can be used in cases with overbites, underbites, open bites, or cants, can assist in retrieval of impacted teeth, can facilitate palatal expansion, and can be used to close spacing from missing teeth or dental extractions.


Prior to TAD placement, your dental professional will thoroughly numb the area. The TAD will then be inserted through the gingiva and into the jawbone or palate. Patients typically feel pressure, but minimal to no pain when the TADs are inserted. If any pain persists after a few days, contact your dental professional.


Be sure to keep the area surrounding the TADs clean during your orthodontic treatment. Make sure it is free of food particles and debris.


The TADs will be removed by your dental professional once they are no longer needed for your orthodontic treatment.

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