Patient Education: Expose & Bond

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Patient Education: Expose and Bond Procedure

What is the Expose and Bond Procedure?

The expose and bond procedure is a surgical technique commonly used in orthodontic treatment. It involves uncovering impacted or unerupted teeth and attaching orthodontic brackets to them. This procedure is necessary when teeth are unable to emerge naturally and require assistance to align properly.

Why is it Needed?

  • Correcting Tooth Alignment: Some teeth may remain trapped beneath the gums or bone, preventing them from emerging into the mouth properly. Exposing these teeth allows orthodontists to guide them into the correct position within the dental arch.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: The expose and bond procedure is often performed as part of orthodontic treatment plans to facilitate the attachment of braces or other orthodontic appliances. It helps ensure that all teeth are properly aligned for a healthy bite and attractive smile.

How is it Done?

  1. Surgical Exposure: Your oral surgeon or dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the impacted tooth. Any bone covering the tooth may also be removed to fully expose it.
  2. Verification: Once the tooth is exposed, the surgeon will verify its position and confirm that it is suitable for bonding.
  3. Bonding: Orthodontic brackets will be carefully attached to the exposed tooth surfaces using a dental adhesive. The brackets are precisely positioned according to your orthodontist's treatment plan.
  4. Closure: After bonding the brackets, any incisions made in the gum tissue will be closed with dissolvable stitches. A protective dental dressing may be applied to aid in healing.

Post-Procedure Care:

  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, taking care around the surgical site.
  • Diet: Follow any dietary restrictions recommended by your orthodontist. Stick to soft foods initially to avoid discomfort.
  • Discomfort: Some discomfort and swelling are normal after the procedure. Pain medication may be prescribed to help manage any discomfort.
  • Follow-Up: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your orthodontist to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.


  • Improved Alignment: The expose and bond procedure helps ensure that all teeth are properly aligned, improving both function and aesthetics.
  • Effective Orthodontic Treatment: By exposing impacted teeth, orthodontists can more effectively guide them into the correct position, leading to better treatment outcomes.
  • Enhanced Smile: Properly aligned teeth can enhance your smile and boost your confidence.

Risks and Considerations:

  • Discomfort: Some discomfort and swelling are common after the procedure, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days.
  • Infection: While rare, there is a risk of infection following any surgical procedure. Follow your postoperative care instructions carefully to minimize this risk.
  • Complications: In some cases, complications such as damage to nearby teeth or nerves, or incomplete exposure of the impacted tooth, may occur. Your orthodontist will discuss any potential risks with you before the procedure.


The expose and bond procedure is a valuable technique in orthodontic treatment, helping to ensure that all teeth are properly aligned for optimal oral health and aesthetics. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, don't hesitate to discuss them with your orthodontist. They will provide personalized guidance and support to ensure the best possible outcome for your treatment.