The rationale behind slenderizing is that each tooth has an excess of enamel. Minor removal of enamel across multiple teeth, according to the American American Association of Orthodontists, is a conservative, time-tested approach to resolving a variety of dental problems.
Click here to see the American Association of Orthodontists Brochure on Slenderizing/ Interproximal Reduction.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Does it Hurt?
- How long does it take?
30 seconds to 5 minutes
- Does it predispose me to cavities?
No, but it may protect against cavities
- Are there any long-term consequences?
- Will my teeth look too small?
- Can it make my front teeth smaller?
- Can it eliminate my gumline spaces?
Yes, or at least significantly reduce the spaces.
- If I have sensitivity, will it go away?
Most people do not have sensitivity, but it is temporary if sensitivity occurs.
- Who should do the slenderizing?
Only the doctor/orthodontist