The tooth uncovering process begins by taking an impression of the patient’s teeth. A model is then made from this impression. This tooth exposing model now serves as a tool that allows your doctor to see your smile in greater detail and plan how tooth exposure can best give you a healthy and beautiful smile.
After several months, an exact replication of your tooth model will be created. Your tooth will now be exposed as close as possible to its final position. This replica takes into account all movement and growth that your teeth will undergo during or after tooth exposure.
The tooth exposure appliance is then created and fitted to your teeth. This tooth exposure appliance takes into account the tooth position planned during the tooth exposure as well as how much tooth movement (if any) will take place.
Tooth exposure usually takes anywhere from 3-15 months, depending on tooth positioning and how much tooth movement will occur.
When tooth exposure finally ends, the tooth exposure appliance is carefully removed. There may be some discomfort and sensitivity immediately following this procedure, but once treatment is over, your teeth should feel just like they did before you began treatment!