Temporary Anchorage Devices in Miami, FL

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.

orthodontic patient requires temporary anchorage device

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.

Visit Centre For Invisible Orthodontics

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.

Call one of our three locations in the Miami area and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Grussmark today.

FAQs About Temporary Anchorage Devices

Are temporary anchorage devices painful?

No, temporary anchorage devices aren’t painful. You may feel some sensitivity and discomfort, but TADs usually don’t cause serious pain. The sensitivity often fades as you get used to the device. 

Some discomfort is normal with orthodontic treatment because your teeth are being forced to move around in your mouth. If you feel discomfort that gets in the way of your daily life, let us know and we can help.

What are temporary anchorage devices used for?

Temporary anchorage devices are used to help your braces move your teeth. They serve as a temporary fixed point around which your braces can position your teeth properly. They’re a small screw that can help your teeth to move more efficiently.

It can be difficult to move your teeth without anything to push against. The TAD can provide a base against which your teeth can be moved.

Are temporary anchorage devices safe?

Yes, TADs are safe. TADs help move your teeth around more efficiently for short amounts of time. The TAD will be inserted for a short amount of time, then removed when it’s completed its job.

All that a TAD will do is help your teeth to be moved into position more efficiently. They’re often painless and won’t cause a significant change in your oral health or daily life.

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.

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