David H. Lee, DDS, MSD
Board-Certified Orthodontists located in Concord, CA
If you want to improve the efficiency of your orthodontic treatment, a temporary anchoring device can help you achieve maximum results. At Lee Orthodontics in Concord, California, Dr. David H. Lee offers the latest advancements in orthodontic care to ensure your treatment is quick and effective. To learn more about the temporary anchoring device and its benefits, schedule a consultation online or by phone today. We are happily accepting new patients in the East Bay area, including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Alamo, Benicia, Orinda, Danville, San Ramon, Hercules, Berkeley, and Oakland.
TAD Q & A
What is a temporary anchoring device?
A temporary anchoring device (TAD) is a small dental implant Dr. Lee screws into your jawbone, where it works as an anchor point to provide stability in the movement of your teeth to their desired position.
Dr. Lee may recommend a TAD to help your teeth move faster while you're wearing braces. It can also be an ideal alternative to using an orthodontic headgear appliance.
How long do I need to wear a TAD?
Dr. Lee determines how long you need to wear a TAD to achieve your desired results. As the name implies, the device is meant to be a temporary treatment, so you can expect to wear it for only a few months.
It’s possible that you’ll need to wear your TAD longer than initially expected if Dr. Lee feels the treatment is necessary for achieving optimal results. He discusses your expectations during your appointment and will evaluate if the TAD or other orthodontic appliance is suitable for your treatment.
What can I expect during the TAD implant procedure?
Dr. Lee ensures your comfort during the implant procedure by applying a local anesthetic to your gum before implanting the device.
It’s normal to feel some discomfort for the first day or two after receiving the implant. You can alleviate pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.
When your treatment is complete, Dr. Lee easily removes the TAD without anesthesia, and your jaw begins healing without further medical intervention.
How do I maintain my TAD?
It’s essential to maintain the TAD properly while you use it.
You should use an antibacterial mouthwash twice each day for the first week of treatment. Also use a gentle toothbrush to brush away food particles and other debris, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
What are the benefits of a TAD?
The TAD is easy to maintain and ensures your mouth has the stability it needs to move your teeth and jaw more efficiently. In short, it shortens the span of your orthodontic treatment and leads to more accurate results.
To find out if a TAD can enhance your orthodontic treatment, call Lee Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today. We are happily accepting new patients in the East Bay area, including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Alamo, Benicia, Orinda, Danville, San Ramon, Hercules, Berkeley, and Oakland.