Orthodontists can do some amazing things with brackets and rubber bands!
However, recent advances in technology and procedures are helping them do more and achieve even greater results with their patients, also allowing them to complete treatments faster and more efficiently.
One examples of these new advances is the use of Temporary Anchorage Devices. Often called TADs for short.
TADs are new orthodontic devices that help orthodontists apply force to particular teeth in a certain direction to help move teeth in ways that weren’t always possible.
TADs are small devices that look similar to an earring stud once they are installed. These temporary implant devices are basically surgical screws that are anchored through the gums and into the jaw bone.
Although this sounds like a serious procedure, it is actually a pretty quick and minor procedure that involves both the orthodontist and oral surgeon. During the procedure, local anesthesia is used and you should be able to resume normal activities that day.
Once installed, it’s important that you keep your TAD clean. This requires normal brushing and flossing, as well as keeping an eye out for any redness, irritation, or swelling at the gums around the TAD.