What to Know about Temporary Anchorage Devices
If you have visited an orthodontist and received braces, you likely had crooked or misplaced teeth. Sometimes, because of how severely misplaced teeth are, orthodontists may need to take advanced measures to produce the perfect smile. One way to do this is through the use of a Temporary Anchorage Device.
These, otherwise known by the acronym TAD, work through the surgical insertion of dental-friendly screws in the upper portion of the gums. They are typically inserted in groups of either one or two. A rubber band used for braces connect at the ends of both screws and are hooked onto a special bracket located on the face of the tooth. These typically allow for an individual tooth to be pulled upwards, or downwards, based on the necessary position. The insertion of a temporary anchorage device can make your teeth better aligned and fix any issues that may be apparent in your bite.
Do I Need a Temporary Anchorage Device?
Depending on how your teeth are aligned and what your orthodontist recommends for a course of action, you may significantly benefit from a temporary anchorage device. Typically, those who get TAD’s implanted have issues with specific tooth placement. Certain teeth may be more difficult to position through the use of traditional brackets. TAD’s can help move your teeth in specific positions potentially faster than normal brackets could accomplish. This not only shortens the amount of time that you need to wear braces, but it will also increase the outcome of your dental positioning.
Process of Temporary Anchorage Device Insertion
Though it may seem scary or nerve wracking at first, getting a temporary anchorage device inserted is relatively painless! Many people are fearful about their visit to the orthodontist if a TAD is required, but the whole process ultimately takes less than ten minutes. To begin, your orthodontist will confirm placement of the temporary anchorage device. Next, local anesthetic will be applied to the area around where the screw is being placed. Once the area is numb, the screw will be inserted. Because of the anesthetic used, the only feeling you’ll have during implantation is pressure. This pressure is not painful, and it will just feel like somebody is pushing on your gums, which they are. If you have any additional questions regarding how a temporary anchorage device is inserted, be sure to talk to our orthodontists. We will explain every process in depth and ensure you feel comfortable with the procedure.
How to Prepare for and Maintain a Temporary Anchorage Device
After scheduling your appointment to receive a temporary anchorage device, there are some key hygiene measures to follow before insertion. These involve keeping your teeth and gums as clean as possible. This will prevent bacteria from growing on your teeth, between your teeth, or on and around your braces. If proper hygiene is not followed and disregarded, negative outcomes may occur. One potential harm includes the distribution of bacteria around the TAD, leading to bacterial infections. As long as you properly clean your mouth before you receive your temporary anchorage device, you will be in good standing. After receiving your TAD, it is very important to maintain these same dental precautions. Brushing and flossing may be more difficult with a TAD, so pay close attention when doing so. Any food, bacteria, or plaque that is stuck around the screw or brackets can lead to smell and decay due to softening of the enamel. Be sure not to slack on oral hygiene!
Get a Temporary Anchorage Device Today
Talk to your orthodontist to determine you’re a good fit for a temporary anchorage device. If they think TADs are right for you, schedule an appointment to receive them as soon as possible. The sooner you receive one, the faster your dental straightening will be. Feel amazing about yourself and show off your smile fast with the use of a temporary anchorage device!
If you or a loved one is considering orthodontic care and have questions about whether you need a temporary anchorage device, contact Orthodontists Associates of Western New York for a free complimentary orthodontic consultation. We look forward to putting a smile on your face!
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