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IPR interproximal reduction

How Can My Orthodontist Adjust My Tooth Width? IPR Explained

If you’re using Invisalign® to straighten your teeth, you may wonder if interproximal reduction (IPR) is necessary.

Typically, IPR is not a requirement of Invisalign® or orthodontic treatment. However, there are some cases where IPR may be appropriate. Adjusting your tooth width can provide more space for your teeth to shift to achieve a balanced, beautiful smile.

Here’s what we know about interproximal reduction so you can decide if adjusting your tooth width is right for you.

What Is Interproximal Reduction (IPR)?

IPR is a procedure that slenderizes your teeth by reducing the enamel in between them. Slender teeth are more likely to stay in place after orthodontic treatment because they have more room.

To perform IPR, an orthodontist will use a handheld instrument to remove small amounts of enamel from between your teeth. An orthodontist can usually perform IPR in just one visit, and this procedure doesn’t require a lengthy recovery time.

What Are The Benefits Of IPR?

There are many benefits of interproximal reduction, including:

  • A more balanced smile
  • IPR can make closing your mouth easier
  • Reducing the size of your teeth can make them easier to clean
  • Less risk of tooth decay from crowding
  • Improved speech impediment issues

In addition, IPR improves your smile by shaping your teeth to best suit your facial features.

Are There Any Risks Associated With IPR

While most orthodontists consider interproximal reduction a safe and effective procedure, there are some mild risks. For example, patients may experience sensitivity to hot and cold after IPR. However, since there are no nerve endings in your enamel, you shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure.

It’s also important to note that IPR does not make patients more susceptible to tooth decay or gum disease. In fact, IPR can reduce the risk of tooth decay by making it easier to clean your teeth.

If you’re considering interproximal reduction, speak with your orthodontist about the risks and benefits.

Will I Need Interproximal Reduction?

Most people who are undergoing Invisalign® treatment will not need interproximal reduction. However, there are some cases where IPR may be appropriate.

For example, IPR can provide more space for your teeth to shift if you have jaw or misalignment issues. This can improve the overall effectiveness of orthodontics and keep you from needing further treatment.

After your orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will assess the pros and cons and decide if interproximal reduction is suitable.

The Bottom Line

IPR is a safe and effective procedure that can help improve the appearance of your smile. In addition, IPR can enhance the effectiveness of your orthodontic treatment. This easy, routine procedure can provide more space for your teeth to shift and may be ideal if you want to achieve a balanced, beautiful smile.

An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Yazji can help you decide if interproximal reduction is suitable for you. Contact us to learn more about IPR and orthodontic treatment. We have three conveniently located offices offering orthodontic treatment in Miami, Brickell, and Weston.

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