TADs can help to move teeth quickly and efficiently
At Smileworx Orthodontics, we know that not only can external appliances like headgear be a little embarrassing, they can also be difficult for your child to remember to wear. That is why our orthodontists offer a number of different treatments to help to offer potential alternatives.
A Temporary Anchorage Device, or TAD, is a tiny titanium screw that is placed in to the patient’s jaw to create ‘anchor points.’ They have the capability of influencing teeth movement in a more dynamic way than the braces can on their own and can be used as an alternative to headgear.
Although it sounds a little intimidating to have a screw put in to your child’s jaw, you can rest assured that the procedure is fairly common and carries little risk. Our friendly team will be with you to answer any questions you or your child might have, as well as to explain all aspects of the device throughout the treatment. To us, the safety and comfort of your child is paramount.
HOW ARE TADS PLACED?
On the day of the surgery, the empathetic Smileworx team will ensure that your child is feeling at ease with the process. We will never force a patient who is scared or particularly anxious, just because it is the scheduled appointment time. Once they are ready, a strong anaesthetic will be used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Your Smileworx orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. There may be a slight pressure sensation while the device is being placed and for a few days after, but this is completely normal and will subside.
The TAD will be removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer required to assist in straightening your child’s teeth. Removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few short minutes.
WHAT CAN I DO TO RELIEVE DISCOMFORT CAUSED BY MY TAD?
As with any surgery, it is only natural to feel a small amount of discomfort or tenderness around the area for a few days after. The orthodontist may prescribe appropriate pain relief, or recommend an over-the-counter medicine to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY TAD CLEAN?
A TAD can be cleaned 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 an antimicrobial mouthwash that will need to be used twice a day. The Smileworx dental hygienists are particularly patient and excellent communicators, so if you or your child would like any extra information on how exactly to look after their orthodontic appliances, you need only ask!
Want to know more about TADs, or any of our orthodontic appliance, or to book an appointment? Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff.