Cosmetic Bonding after braces?? Question for both Orthodontists & dentists (photos)
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Bonding and ortho
When you get your braces off you will be given a retainer. This is usually a plastic splint that covers all of the teeth. Providing that you are over the age of 18, you will be able to whiten your teeth using an appropriate whitening system prescribed by your dentist. Once whitening is completed, you should wait around 14 days before you have any kind of composite bonding performed on your teeth. This is to allow "bounce-back" - a so called settling of the colour and sealing of the surface of the teeth after whitening. After this time, and providing your teeth are the correct shade that you expect, the teeth can be bonded. Composite bonding can work very effectively to reshape teeth after orthodontic treatment, and no preparation of the teeth is necessary (no drilling), but sometimes bonding can chip, requiring replacement, and you may need to have it polished up at your check up appointments to maintain a good appearance. It is a great way to improve teeth though - but your individual needs should be discussed in detail with your treating dentist.
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Braces and more
The process for restorative treatment after orthodontic treatment is usually as follows:
Appliances (braces) removed, retainer to be worn immediately after appliance removal, teeth whitening to desired shade, cosmetic bonding after tooth color stabilizes (about 2 weeks after whitening). Your retainer may need to be adjusted or remade after the bonding. It is important that your dentist and orthodontist work together closely to coordinate the appointments.
Chi H. Bui, DMD, MS