Comfortable + Efficient

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help your teeth move quickly and efficiently with less discomfort.

Dr. Mike Upton uses TADs in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.

How Are TADs Placed?

We’ll numb your gum tissue and the surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed with a strong anesthetic.

Once the area is numb, Dr. Upton will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into your jawbone.

Placing the TAD is quick, and it'll be over before you know it. While Dr. Upton is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you won’t be able to feel the TAD.

We’ll remove your TAD when your treatment is complete or when you no longer need it to help straighten your teeth.

Removing a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.

How to Relieve Discomfort

If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, we recommend taking Tylenol to help relieve your pain.

If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact Dr. Upton as soon as possible.

Cleaning Your TADs

You can clean your TAD 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 that you’ll need to use twice a day.

If you have questions about TADs, please contact RiverView Orthodontics.

We’ll answer any questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.