Skip to Content
Schedule A Consultation

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) in Charles County, MD

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are among the latest developments in orthodontic care to enhance the results of many orthodontic procedures. TADs are now available at Sequence Orthodontics, conveniently located in Waldorf and Leonardtown, serving residents of Charles County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)?

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are tiny, biocompatible titanium anchors used in orthodontics to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs are fixed to the bone to help anchor teeth and move them into place more efficiently. These devices are temporary and will be removed after orthodontic treatment. TADs are used in conjunction with braces or as an alternative to headgear.

How Do Temporary Anchorage Devices Work?

In traditional orthodontics treatment, teeth are anchored to other teeth in order to effectively shift or alter their position in the jaw. The challenge is that when one tooth moves, the anchored tooth will also move, and the direction of this movement is not easily controlled, and may be undesirable.  A temporary anchorage device prevents undesired movements of surrounding teeth because instead of anchoring a tooth to an adjacent tooth and risking movement of that tooth, the orthodontist will anchor the tooth to the TAD implant without affecting the neighboring tooth.

Temporary anchorage devices are used to correct a range of orthodontic conditions in patients of all ages. It should be noted that patients must maintain proper oral hygiene during their orthodontics treatment to prevent inflammation and infection of the implant.

What is the Purpose of Wearing Temporary Anchorage Devices?

Temporary anchorage devices are designed to enhance treatment options for our patients. Some of the benefits of TADs include:

  • Easy positioning
  • Improved efficacy
  • Simple removal
  • Low cost

Are Temporary Anchorage Devices Painful or Uncomfortable to Wear?

Local anesthesia is used to numb a small area of your gum to prevent any discomfort when the implant is inserted. Some patients report a sensation of pressure during the procedure. There may be some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, lasting about 24 hours, but ibuprofen or acetaminophen will alleviate this. TADs are easily and painlessly removed when treatment is finished. The site where the TAD was placed will heal naturally and painlessly within several days after removal.

How Long Do TADs Usually Have to Remain In Place?

The duration of the TAD implant treatment varies from patient to patient, and will be best determined by our orthodontists. In most cases, TADs are typically required for several months. Although in some cases, they may be left in for a longer period to achieve optimal results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Temporary Anchorage Devices?

TADs are safe and effective for most orthodontic patients; however, they are not recommended for patients who have the following conditions:

  • Metabolic bone diseases
  • Suppressed immune systems
  • Receiving long-term steroid therapy
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Insufficient bone quality
  • Other health conditions, such as neurological conditions, circulatory problems and oral diseases

Our orthodontists will determine whether to recommend a TAD as part of treatment for you or your child, and assess whether you or your child are a suitable candidate for the device.

What Should I Do Next?

Residents of Charles County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland who want to learn more about ways to enhance orthodontic treatment are encouraged to contact our Waldorf or Leonardtown office to schedule a consultation with our specialists at Sequence Orthodontics and learn more about temporary anchorage devices (TADs) and other advanced treatment options.