La Habra Office : 562-690-1199
Chino Hills Office : 909-393-9911

2250 West Whittier Blvd. Suite 200, La Habra, CA 90631

15944 Los Serranos Country Club Dr #100, Chino Hills, CA 91709

TADS

Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchorage devices are small titanium anchors that can help achieve quicker tooth movement in some cases. They also have added efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.

How are TADs placed?

An anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue in the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, your orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and will be over before you know it. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure. Within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD, however. 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 takes just a few minutes and is comfortable.

What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?

You shouldn’t feel much if any discomfort, but if you do after your TAD is placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact Dr. Gire as soon as possible.

How can I keep my TAD clean?

A TAD should be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day.

If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.

Why Are Mouthguards so Important?

La Habra/ Chino Hills – As the New Year gets underway, spring sports will be starting up before we know it. Play it safe this year by protecting your smile with a mouthguard. “The American Dental Association estimates that nearly one third of all dental… Read more »

Top Tips for Your Braces Care

La Habra/Chino Hills, CA – Whether you are starting the new year off in braces or if you’ve had them for a while, it’s always a good idea to take inventory of what you can do to ensure your time in braces is successful. Dr.… Read more »

How to Care For Your Teeth After Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT)

La Habra/Chino Hills, CA – Clear Aligner Therapy treatment or CAT is gaining huge popularity in today’s orthodontic climate. Treatments such as ClearCorrect, MTM, and Invisalign are just a few examples of CAT. Once your CAT treatment is finished, that doesn’t mean your work is… Read more »

More Blog Posts