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Many people seek out Invisalign treatment as an alternative to traditional braces. It’s a popular option because it offers a way to correct misaligned teeth with minimal discomfort. People also don’t have to bear the stigma of traditional braces when using Invisalign. However, there is some concern over the necessity of shaving teeth for the treatment.
What is ‘Shaving Teeth?’
Firstly, this process is called “interproximal reduction,” and may be necessary if your teeth are too crowded. The reason behind this is simple: the alignment process can be hindered due to overcrowding. Rather than removing teeth to make room, it is often easier to shave the enamel on the sides of the teeth to allow room for movement. The process needs more space – and more time – to take place. Read HERE for what the people are asking on-line.
Second, different dentists use different tools. One of the most common is a diamond strip, a thin, flexible piece of metal that fits between teeth and can be used almost like a nail file. The dentist will slide it back and forth to grind away the enamel. This is done after a numbing agent is applied, so there is little to no pain involved in the process.
- Teeth shaving
- Interdental reduction
- Interproximal reduction (IPR)
- Interproximal enamel reduction.
People Also Ask…
- Can teeth be shaved down?
- Does shaving down your teeth hurt?
- Is IPR bad for your teeth?
- How much does it cost to shave your teeth?
What are the Risks?
In some cases, interproximal reduction carries an increased risk of periodontal disease and increased tooth sensitivity. However, this is often only in the most extreme cases, or when an orthodontist shaves too much enamel away. However, if necessary, the process can be corrected using technology similar to fillings or veneers.
Can Teeth be Shaved Down?
These days the orthodontics can start treatemnt before the teeth are shaved. This is called staging. With staging, the teeth to be reduced are in a better position to be reached by orthodontic instruments without contacting other teeth. It is very common for this to happen but not always necessary. The specialsit will use two types of procedure:
- A dental drill – The teeth are trimmed using a spinning diamond coated bur or disk. This is for lesser reduction.
- By hand – Diamond coated abrasive strips are worked back and forth between the teeth. This is for more acute reduction.
Does Shaving Down Your Teeth Hurt?
No. The area is numbed before any shaving takes place. It also does not affect the tooth. Enamel is reduced, but, this reduction imitates normal wear and tear of the tooth throughout its life span.
Is Shaving Teeth Really Necessary?
Yes and no. Interproximal reduction will not be necessary in all cases. In fact, many patients who undergo treatment in order to close gaps will not need it at all. However, those who have too much crowding, or who suffer from overly large teeth, may need to undergo the process in order to obtain the smile that they want.
Interproximal reduction is just another way to correct crowding. Because it is such a common process, the risk is very low, so there’s no need to worry. The amount of enamel shaved off will vary, to the naked eye, the difference is hardly noticeable.
Finally, after the procedure, it’s common for teeth to be a bit sensitive. If combined with correctional procedures, this is likely due to movement of the teeth to the correct position. However, it can also be from completely natural reasons. Unless the pain is sharp or abnormal, there is hardly any reason to worry.
Contact us for a FREE Consultation
Accordingly, Gluck Orthodontics is located in Nashville, Tenn., and Dr. Joel Gluck offers professional examinations to determine if you need:
- Clear plastic aligners from Invisalign – for adults and teenagers
- Retainers – worn before or after orthodontic treatment
- Headgear – to repair serious malocclusions
Call Gluck Orthodontics today at 615-269-5903 to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable and innovative orthodontist.
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Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.