Postoperative Instructions: Expose & Bond

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Postoperative Instructions: Expose and Bond Procedure

Oral Care:

  1. Brushing and Flossing: Resume brushing and flossing your teeth the day after surgery. Be gentle around the surgical site to avoid disrupting the healing process.
  2. Mouth Rinse: Rinse your mouth with a prescribed mouthwash or warm saltwater solution (1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) after meals to keep the area clean. Do not rinse vigorously.


  1. Soft Foods: Stick to a soft diet for the first few days after surgery to minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of damaging the surgical site. Examples include soups, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and smoothies.
  2. Avoid Hard or Crunchy Foods: Refrain from eating hard or crunchy foods that may put pressure on the surgical area or dislodge the orthodontic brackets.

Discomfort Management:

  1. Pain Medication: Take any prescribed pain medications as directed to manage discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may also help alleviate mild pain.
  2. Cold Compress: Apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the outside of your face for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.

Activity Restrictions:

  1. Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activities or exercise for the first few days after surgery. This helps minimize bleeding and discomfort.

Follow-Up Care:

  1. Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your orthodontist to monitor healing progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
  2. Suture Removal: If non-dissolvable sutures were used, your orthodontist will remove them during a follow-up appointment.

General Care:

  1. Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol during the postoperative period, as they can impair healing and increase the risk of complications.
  2. Contact Your Orthodontist: If you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, swelling, or any other concerning symptoms, contact your orthodontist for further guidance and support.

Conclusion:Following these postoperative instructions carefully will help promote optimal healing and ensure the success of your expose and bond procedure. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to reach out to your orthodontist for assistance.