In some cases, it may no longer be necessary to extract teeth to fix crowding due to a procedure called interproximal reduction or slenderizing. Front teeth may be slenderized by 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 been done since the 1940's and the results have proven to be very effective and stable. The small amount of enamel removed from the tooth is not enough to cause a higher incidence of decay. Slenderizing will not cause gum disease and does not harm the gum tissue.
Every case is different and not everyone is a candidate for slenderizing. Dr. Windhorst will take comprehensive records to evaluate your case for the proper treatment.