Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.

The AAOMS and AAO present “Temporary Anchorage Devices”, one in a series of videos intended to educate patients about some of the common procedures provided by oral and maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists. The information presented in this video is intended for educational purposes only. It is meant to help you better understand dental health conditions and procedures. For specific orthodontic or oral surgery advice, please consult an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is a fellow or member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

How are TADs placed?

A strong anesthetic 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. The placing of a TAD is quick and may be over before you know it. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure; however, within a day you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete or 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 discomfort caused by my TAD?

If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. 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. When your TAD is placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash 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.