TADs, also known as temporary anchorage devices, are small titanium anchors that your orthodontist inserts into your gums and anchors in the jawbone to make your teeth stronger and achieve quicker movement.
Dr. Nelson and Dr. Lee offer TADs that can help in addition to braces or headgear. This helps your tooth movements become more efficient and comfortable. The process of inserting TADs involves your orthodontist giving you a strong anesthetic to numb your gums and jaw bone. Once the area is numb, your doctor will place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jaw bone. You might feel a little bit of pressure during the process, but it will be over before you know it. Your TAD will no longer be noticeable within one day and it will not cause you any problems. Once your entire orthodontic process is complete, your orthodontist at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics will remove it within just a few minutes.
If you experience any discomfort from your TADs, over-the-counter drugs will help dull the pain. If you continue to feel the discomfort for many days, call our office and set up an appointment to get it fixed. For more information about getting a TAD in North Bend, Washington, call us now! We will be happy to inform you on anything you have questions about.