What Is a Temporary Anchorage Device?
Dr. Grussmark provides a variety of treatment options to meet the unique needs of our patients. One example is the temporary anchorage device, an orthodontic appliance used in conjunction with braces or headgear to help promote quicker and more comfortable tooth alignment.
A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a tiny screw that we embed in the jawbone near a misaligned tooth. Once it’s in place, we stretch an elastic band or extension from the TAD to the bracket of the tooth that needs fixing. The extra force provided by the band and your own skeletal structure help shift the tooth into its proper place.
As the name suggests, temporary anchorage devices aren’t permanent. Your orthodontist will remove the appliance once it’s no longer necessary.
What to Expect During the Procedure
At the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics, we make the placement procedure for temporary anchorage devices as comfortable as possible. We’ll begin by administering local anesthesia to the surgical site, ensuring you feel no pain during treatment. With the site numb, we’ll place the anchor directly into your jawbone where it remains until the desired outcome is achieved.
It’s normal to experience a small amount of soreness following a temporary anchorage device procedure. If you experiencing significant pain or discomfort, please call our office right away so Dr. Grussmark can make sure you get the attention you need.
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To learn more about how a temporary anchorage device could benefit you, contact our practice today. Dr. Grussmark and our expert team are happy to answer all your questions and recommend the ideal treatment plan to achieve your smile goals.
We proudly service the Miami, Brickell, and Coral Gables areas with expert orthodontic care and service. Contact our Miami office today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Grussmark. We look forward to helping you on your journey to a straighter smile!
FAQs About Temporary Anchorage Devices
Receiving your temporary anchorage device is a virtually painless procedure. You may feel mild discomfort as the posts are inserted. However, any sensitivity will fade as you get used to the device.
Mild discomfort is normal with orthodontic treatment, as your teeth are being forced to shift in your mouth. If this discomfort gets in the way of your daily life, contact our Miami office to schedule an appointment. We’re proud to provide orthodontic care and services to patients in Miami, Brickell, and Coral Gables, FL.
A temporary anchorage device in orthodontics is used to help your braces better move your teeth. TADs serve as a temporary fixed point around which your braces can position your teeth properly.
The TAD is a small screw that can provide a base against which your teeth can be moved. Some common orthodontic problems TADs can help fix include:
- Gummy smiles
The cost of your temporary anchorage device will depend on your individual orthodontic needs. Dr. Grussmark will provide you with a cost estimate at your initial consultation.
We recommend contacting your dental insurance provider to learn what coverage your plan provides ahead of time. You can also visit our financing page to learn more about your payment options, as well as how to apply for CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party financing company designed to help patients cover their treatment costs. You may be eligible for financial assistance regardless of your dental insurance status.
Temporary anchorage devices help safely and efficiently move your teeth into place. The TAD will be inserted for a short amount of time, then removed at the end of your treatment.
This temporary anchorage device process is painless and won’t significantly impact your oral health or daily life. If your TAD is causing soreness that interrupts your daily activities, call our Miami office at (305) 441-1200 to schedule an appointment so Dr. Grussmark can resolve the problem.
Visit Dr. Grussmark for a Temporary Anchorage Device
If you’re self-conscious about the way your smile looks, Dr. Grussmark has an orthodontic solution for you. Temporary Anchorage Devices have been helping patients achieve perfect smiles for over three decades. To learn more about what we can do for your smile, contact our office for a free consultation today.