What Is a Temporary Anchorage Device?
Dr. Grussmark provides a variety of treatment options to meet the needs of our patients. For example, a temporary anchorage device can be used in conjunction with braces or orthodontic headgear to help promote quicker and more comfortable tooth movement.
A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a tiny screw that we embed in your jawbone above the affected 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 in the direction it needs to go.
As the name suggests, temporary anchorage devices aren’t permanent. Your orthodontist will remove the screw once it’s no longer necessary.
What to Expect During the Procedure
At the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics, we make TAD placement procedure as comfortable as possible. We begin by administering local anesthesia to the surgical site. Then we place the TAD directly into your jawbone where it will remain until your tooth has shifted to the right position.
It’s normal to experience a small amount of soreness following the TAD procedure. If you’re experiencing any additional pain or discomfort, please call our office right away and Dr. Grussmark will make sure you get the attention you need.
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.