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  Enamel Shaping
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Interproximal Reduction (Stripping), is the removal of small amounts of dentin and enamel from the primary (baby teeth) canines to allow self-alignment of incisors.

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12 months later

What are the benfits?

  • Creates space to allow self-alignment of incisors.
  • Helps to improve the bite (the way teeth fit together).
  • May eliminate need for orthodontic alignment.
  • May alleviate the need for permanent tooth extractions.

Will Interproximal reductions damage teeth?

The health of your child's teeth is of utmost concern to Dr. Sexton. This procedure does not make teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. Occasionally some patients may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold. Usually this disappears after a few weeks.

Steps for interproximal reduction:

1. Dr. Sexton will identify which teeth are to be slenderized.
2. In addition to the laughing gas (nitrous oxide) Dr. will inject a small amount of local anesthetic, we refer as "the bubble".
3. Enamel and dentin (the outer layers of the tooth) are removed from the side of each primary (baby tooth) canine where the teeth are crowded.

This relatively simple procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Enamel Shaping (Contouring) is the process of shaping natural teeth to improve their appearance. Shaping can be used to correct minor cases of crowded or overlapping teeth, smooth rough edges, or make small adjustments to the shape of a tooth.

before photoBefore: This patient has a small notch in three of her four front teeth.




after photoAfter: Minor contouring (shaping) of the enamel makes her teeth smooth and natural looking!



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