Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are one type of small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve special tooth movements that cannot be accomplished with braces alone. Patients can get absolutely amazing results with this technique! 

Dr. Gibson has treated many hundreds of orthodontic patients over the last 25 years with TADS and other types of specialized anchorage. He is widley considered an expert in this area, has lectured nationally and internationally on this topic, and has written textbook chapters for orthodontist on the use of this technique. 

How are TADs placed?

A strong anesthetic gel is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, your doctor will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone.  Patients cannot feel the TAD being placed. The placing of a TAD is quick, and typically takes less than 5 minutes. While your doctor is placing the TAD, 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 less than one minute.

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

If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Advil or Tylenol® are recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact Dr. Gibson 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 four times a day. When your TAD is placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice 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 with Dr. Gibson.