Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve tooth movements that in some cases would be otherwise impossible, such as moving molar teeth back into the bone (intrusion). TADs in Westchester, New York, are also used in addition to braces or Invisalign® and may be used as an alternative to headgear.

How Are TADs Placed?

The placing of a TAD is very quick and may be over before you know it. While Dr. Richard Schechtman is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure; however, within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact us as soon as possible. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.

How Can I Keep My TADs 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 you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.

If you have questions about TADs, please contact Schechtman Orthodontics at 914-984-4519. We will be able to answer any of your questions and arrange your consultation for TADs with our Orthodontist.