“TAD” stands for “temporary anchorage device,” and they work by temporarily placing (FDA approved) biocompatible titanium alloy mini-screws into certain places in the mouth to serve as a fixed point that can be used to direct and shift teeth. They are typically used in cases where Dr. Newaz wants to move certain teeth while keeping others still. These mini-screws allow certain types of tooth movement that weren’t previously possible in orthodontics, and they allow for shorter treatment times and a more comfortable experience for the patient. Most notably, TADs make jaw realignment possible without the major surgery that was required before their advent. TADs are typically used in conjunction with braces or as a replacement for headgear or rubber bands. They are usually only needed for a few months, but depending on the patient’s unique treatment needs, they may be used longer. TADs give Dr. Newaz an effective and much less invasive option for this specific kind of treatment. Overall, TADs have shown themselves to be a safe, predictable, and effective approach to orthodontic care. Placement of the implant is minimally invasive and is performed under local anesthesia. Patients can resume normal activity immediately after the procedure. Any slight discomfort felt after the anesthesia wears off can easily be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. As the name suggests, TADs are temporary; they do not integrate with the bone like other implants and can be easily removed when they are no longer needed. In fact, anesthesia is usually not required for their removal. In many cases, the use of TADs has allowed Dr. Newaz to correct problems that would normally require corrective jaw surgery, such as an open bite.
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