With countless commercials, popular ads, and 12+ million happy patients, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about Invisalign over the years. So, when it’s time for your consultation, you may feel incredibly prepared… until your orthodontist recommends shaving your teeth! Don’t worry – interproximal reduction is nowhere near as scary as it may sound initially. To learn the answers to a few frequently asked questions on the topic, keep reading.
What Is Interproximal Reduction?
In short, interproximal reduction is when a small portion of your enamel is removed. Unlike veneers or dental crowns, IPR focuses only on where your teeth connect. Although the change may be so minor that you can’t tell a difference, it will create just enough space for better alignment. Not only has this been in practice since the 1940s, but it’s considerably more convenient than having one or more teeth pulled (which is sometimes necessary with traditional braces).
Does Interproximal Reduction Hurt?
Good news: interproximal reduction doesn’t hurt. In fact, your orthodontist probably won’t even numb your mouth! Instead, they will use a special tool to contour the sides of your tooth, creating more space for movement.
Why Is Interproximal Reduction Important?
Moving your teeth into their properly aligned positions requires space for (you guessed it!) movement. If your teeth are overlapping or overcrowded, that can be difficult to accomplish. With IPR, your orthodontist can create a small gap that allows your teeth to successfully move into their desired positions.
How Will I Know If I Need Interproximal Reduction?
During your consultation, your orthodontist will examine the position of your teeth and your jaw, getting a better understanding of your unique dental needs. While crafting your treatment plan, they will use their experience, education, and advanced training to solidify the details that will give you the beautiful results you desire. If that includes IPR between one or more teeth, then they will share their recommendation and why they think it’s important. Ultimately, it will be a decision you and your orthodontist make together.
Although it may be the first time you’ve heard about interproximal reduction, it has played a crucial role in creating beautiful smiles since the 1940s! If you want to learn more about the topic, then don’t hesitate to talk to your orthodontist.
About the Practice
With a highly trained and experienced orthodontist leading our team at Super Braces, patients interested in Invisalign can have peace of mind knowing their smile is in the best hands. Plus, we focus on super quality, value, and comfort, ensuring that you have the best experience with braces possible. If you have a question about the Invisalign treatment process or you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for clear aligners, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (978) 794-0000.