Choice Orthodontics provides comprehensive orthodontic care throughout St. Joseph, Gallatin, and Atchison, MO, and Hiawatha, KS. Our orthodontist and staff are orthodontic specialists who offer treatments for mild to severe misaligned teeth and jaws. One of the most common orthodontic issues we see is crowding, in which teeth are too close together and misaligned. Crowding is one of a handful of very common orthodontic problems that people experience. Typically, tooth extraction is the usual method for dealing with this issue. However, in some cases, you can avoid extraction, and crowded teeth can be fixed with a procedure called interproximal reduction or slenderizing.

What is Slenderizing?

Slenderizing is a procedure that has been around since the 1940s. The process involves using a disk or sandpaper strip to remove a small amount of enamel from the sides of teeth, allowing them to align better. Slenderizing has proven to be a very effective and stable treatment. The small amount of enamel removed from teeth is not enough to increase your risk of developing decay. And slenderizing will not cause gum disease nor does it harm the gum tissue.

Benefits of Slenderizing

Slenderizing will give your crowded teeth more space to move into the correct position when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Additionally, slenderizing can provide several benefits for the patient including:

  • A positive impact on oral hygiene
  • An easier ability to brush and floss your teet
  • A more symmetrical and more aesthetically pleasing smile
  • Orthodontic treatment can be more straightforward with additional space
  • Tooth extraction is unnecessary before orthodontic care

Ask Choice Orthodontics if you are a good candidate for slenderizing!

Contact Choice Orthodontics for Slenderizing Today!

Every case of crowding is different, and not everyone is an appropriate candidate for slenderizing. Dr. Windhorst will take comprehensive records to evaluate your case and determine what is the proper treatment to benefit your smile. If you are interested in slenderizing, contact Choice Orthodontics to schedule your first appointment. Our orthodontic specialists look forward to seeing you soon!