Crowding is one of a handful of very common orthodontic problems that people experience. 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 1940's. 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.

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Every case of crowding is different, and not everyone is a candidate for slenderizing. Dr. Windhorst will take comprehensive records to evaluate your case and determine what is the proper treatment to benefit your smile. Book a consultation now!

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