This procedure goes by many names: enamel stripping; interproximal reduction; slenderizing; reproximation and selective reduction. The goal is to remove some of the outer tooth surface (enamel) to acquire more space for your teeth.
Your dentist is probably recommending orthodontic treatment so that you can reach optimal dental health. Many complicated tooth restorations, such as crowns, bridges and implants, can be best accomplished when the remaining teeth are properly aligned and the bite is correct.
Yes, but be sure to wear a mouth guard.
Teeth move throughout one’s lifetime, making it important to wear retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist to maintain your healthy, beautiful smile.
In addition to braces, orthodontists use appliances such as aligners to move teeth. Consult an orthodontist to learn what type of appliance can correct your orthodontic problem.
Moving teeth is a complex biological process and there is a lot that goes into it. That’s why orthodontists must go to school for so many years to be licensed to practice this specialty. Many AAO orthodontists offer free or low-cost initial consultations. Isn’t your dental health worth a consultation with an orthodontist?
Yes. But talk to your orthodontist about the type of mouth guard to wear.
Keep supplies on hand to address possible situations. Here are six suggestions:
- Orthodontic wax.
- Dental floss.
- Interproximal brushes.
- Topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel).
- Over the counter pain relievers (such as one taken for a headache).
- A warm salt water rinse can be soothing, as well (1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. warm water).
If you notice a bracket is loose or if a wire has worked itself out of place, or if there is unusual discomfort, notify your orthodontist immediately.
Occasionally things happen to braces or aligners during orthodontic treatment. They may require a call or an unforeseen visit to the orthodontist – what your orthodontist will consider an “emergency visit.”