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Why Is Interproximal Reduction Necessary?

October 27, 2022
Posted By: Amber Schmidt
Interproximal Reduction



Oral health isn't always as easy as you might think; sometimes, it is necessary to address small concerns before dealing with the bigger ones! Especially if you're looking at something like Invisalign, this might be a problem if you're considering it. It is true that these clear aligners are a great solution for correcting misaligned teeth, but sometimes a little prep work is needed before you can receive them and be able to use them. A reduction in the interproximal space may be recommended by your dentist in some cases, which is known as interproximal reduction. Is there a need for this type of process at times and why do we have to go through it? To learn more, read this article given by Dentist Parker!


How Does Interproximal Reduction Work?

"Interproximal reduction" is the euphemistic name for the process by which your dentist is going to adjust the width of your teeth in order to solve your dental problem. This form of smoothing refers to the procedure where, with the assistance of a special handpiece, your dentist is able to manually smooth your teeth, removing small amounts of enamel from their surface to reshape them as needed. By doing this, you will be able to adjust the teeth to fit together better, and you will also be able to provide yourself with plenty of space in order to properly realign your teeth through orthodontics in the future. Despite the fact that this procedure is nothing new and has been practiced for several decades, the methods have changed and the methods have gradually become safer and more efficient to perform.


Is Interproximal Reduction Always Necessary?

The main goal of this procedure is to give your teeth a sufficient amount of space to be able to house your future aligners or some other oral solution in the future. There is a possibility that the Invisalign aligners will not be able to correct your teeth in the proper way if your mouth is too crowded. There is a much higher probability that your teeth will remain in their new correct positions after having undergone interproximal reduction if you have had orthodontic treatment in the past.


What is the safety of Interproximal Reduction?

Regardless of what type of procedure your dentist decides to perform, he or she will always assess your oral health before making any decisions. During the procedure, they must ensure that there are no oral health concerns present that may compromise the outcome of the procedure. In addition to the size and shape of your teeth, your alignment and trajectory, as well as your facial features, have to be taken into consideration as well. In spite of this, if your dentist has determined that you are eligible for interproximal reduction, you don't have to worry about anything at all!


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During this procedure, most of your tooth enamel is left intact, so you will not experience any more sensitivity in your teeth after the procedure. In some cases, patients can experience minor sensitivity when it comes to hot or cold temperatures, but this usually lasts for a short period of time. Additionally, your dentist can also recommend a topical fluoride treatment or fluoride rinse to assist in preventing the decay of your teeth. The procedure is safe, and effective, and does not cause you to develop gum disease or other types of oral health problems as a result of the procedure.

The interproximal reduction might be something your dentist suggests when you ask about receiving orthodontic treatment if you are interested in receiving it. They won't do this unless there is a good reason for them to do so, and it will also lay the groundwork for a better-looking and more functional smile in the future if you choose to get this procedure done.


The Author

With several years of experience serving patients and families in the Parker, CO area, Dr. Amber Schmidt at Front Range Smiles is one of the most respected dentists in the area. Dr. Sachmidt grew up in Parker, Colorado, and obtained his dental doctorate from the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona before opening his own practice in Parker, Colorado. It wouldn't be difficult for you to contact Dr. Schmidt online or give him a call at (720) 851-5020 if you have any questions regarding interproximal reduction or would like to schedule an appointment with him.


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