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Firstly, interproximal reduction (IPR) is known as teeth stripping or shaving. The overall goal is to narrow the teeth by trimming off a small thickness of tooth enamel . Often, the dentist will recommend this when the patient has:
Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign is often paired together with an interproximal reduction . In the past, IPR is done first at the beginning of the treatment process.
However, things have changed. With the advances with Invisalign, a process known as ‘staging’ can be used . Tooth trimming will be done at a delayed stage where your dentist has better access to the surfaces that need to be adjusted. Meanwhile, for traditional braces, tooth stripping can be done at any point during the treatment process.
Interproximal stripping is done with all forms of orthodontic treatments to
When patients have good facial profiles and minimal space is required to achieve aesthetic results, where extraction will create too much space, sometimes interdental spaces are done in these cases
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