To achieve the best possible result from orthodontic treatment, the teeth must sometimes be reshaped. Interproximal Reduction, known as IPR, is a quick and easy procedure that changes the size or shape of the teeth. The tooth enamel is slightly reduced to create space between the teeth. This allows the orthodontic treatment to be successful in producing the best possible smile.
This is a safe procedure, and research has shown that IPR does not increase decay on the affected surfaces, nor does it increase tooth sensitivity. In fact, research shows that when IPR is necessary, it gives the teeth greater stability once orthodontic treatment is complete.
Benefits of IPR
IPR is a good choice for patients who have:
- Teeth that don’t lay next to each other with an ideal fit due to their shape
- Crowded teeth
IPR reduces a micro amount of enamel that does not harm the teeth. It’s an easy, painless procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia. It’s especially beneficial to patients who have crowded teeth and plan to use Invisalign® for treatment, because it creates just the right amount of space for the aligners to fit properly and comfortably.