Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs,

have redefined what is possible in orthodontics.

When used correctly and in appropriate situations, TADs allow patients who would have otherwise required surgery, to receive non-surgical treatment.  Having been trained in the most progressive and clinically successful techniques of TAD placement, Dr. Garlock and his staff are experts at placing TADs, thus making it a non-event for patients.

How are TADS placed?

As always, our goal at Garlock Orthodontics is to provide excellent care with as little discomfort as possible. To minimize discomfort, a very strong gel anesthetic used to numb the gum tissue will be placed with a cotton swab. Once numb, the doctor will gently place the TAD. The entire experience is quick and painless. The only thing that should be felt is a slight pressure as the TAD is placed; however, within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Once your treatment has come to an end, the TAD will be removed using a similar procedure.
Care for your TAD.


Care for your TAD.

If you happen to feel discomfort with your TAD, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen will resolve the pain. However, if the pain continues, please don’t hesitate to call us; we will work quickly to resolve the issue, as you should not be experiencing any long-term discomfort with TADs.

You will provide the same care for your TAD as you will with your braces.
Each time you brush your teeth, gently brush on and around the TAD. This will prevent unwanted plaque buildup and infection around the TAD.

TADs are one more way Garlock Orthodontics offers the best treatment for our patients! Garlock Orthodontics is located in southeast Aurora near the Southlands shopping area.