A temporary anchorage device, or TAD, is used to aid your orthodontist in moving your teeth more quickly. Many times, TAD’s are used as an alternative to headgear. In order to place a TAD, your orthodontist is going to numb the area of your mouth where they need to be placed. Once you are numb, then your orthodontist will gently push the TAD through your gum tissue and into your jaw. Your TAD will be removed once the treatment is complete, or once you no longer need them to straighten your teeth.
Is It Painful?
In the process of having TADs placed in your jaw, you may experience slight pressure. You will most likely be numbed during the process, so you may not experience pain until the anesthetic has worn off. If you do have any pain with your TADs, then you are able to take over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol. You may experience some kind of discomfort for the next few days, but it should go away in a couple of days.
When you get your TADs removed, you shouldn’t have any pain. In fact, the removal of TADs is very quick and fairly comfortable.
Keeping TADs Clean
When you have your TADs, it is important that you keep them clean. Cleaning your TADs is not difficult. You clean them the same way that you brush your teeth. If you keep your teeth clean by brushing your teeth, then you will keep your TADs clean.
Getting an Appointment
Having straight teeth is something that everyone wants. If you are going to have braces, then you should call us, your Las Vegas orthodontist, today. Here at Griffiths & Simister Orthodontics, we can give you a great experience that will result in straight teeth. Call us today at (702)835-7979.