Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne

Episode #63: Is it safe to have my teeth filed before aligner therapy?

June 14, 2022 Dr. Mark Burhenne - Functional Dentist Episode 62
Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne
Episode #63: Is it safe to have my teeth filed before aligner therapy?
Show Notes

Most patients smile when they hear about Invisalign, as it’s both affordable and effective. However, as soon as interproximal reduction (IPR) is mentioned, their hackles go up. Today’s question is all about IPR: what it is, its role in aligner therapy, and whether it’s a safe procedure. The enquirer in question is worried that IPR will affect the health of her teeth long-term and, in this episode, Dr. B gives an in-depth explanation of the uses, precision, procedure, and safety of IPR in the context of aligner therapy (when administered professionally). You’ll find out what questions to ask your dentist prior to receiving treatment and what to look out for post-IPR. If the safety of IPR is a question of concern for you, tune in today to find out all you need to know about this intricate, yet effective procedure!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Today’s question: What is IPR, how does it relate to Invisalign treatment, and is it safe in the long run? [01:29]
  • The cosmetic and practical benefits of Invisalign [02:43]
  • What interproximal reduction (IPR) is and the role it plays in aligner therapy [05:46] 
  • How Dr. B performs IPR in his practice [07:01]
  • The importance of doing IPR correctly [08:06]
  • How 3D scans ensure precision and safety [09:11]
  • What the correct execution of IPR involves and achieves [10:03]
  • The incredible precision of Invisalign in terms of space management [13:01]
  • What to look out for post-IPR treatment [13:36]
  • The negative side effects of an overly aggressive Invisalign [13:51]
  • The safety of IPR if done professionally [14:33]
  • Is it wise to deal directly with Aligner companies without professional guidance? [16:18]

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