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In order to maximize the Invisalign treatment for an optimal outcome, we may need to prepare the teeth. The prepared teeth help the aligners to move the teeth as desired into the correct positions.
During your Treatment Planning, we will use special innovations in software digital technology to plan any preliminary treatment that may be required beforehand. This not only outlines the preparation needed for the teeth but also we will be able to incorporate any specific enhancement features into the design of the aligners as well.
IPR – Inter Proximal Reduction
This preliminary preparation can consist of minimal preparation (maximum 0.5mm) between the teeth to create space for correct alignment and position of teeth. This allows the teeth to fit correctly together and appear straight.
This type of teeth preparation involves placing tiny attachments called Optimised Attachments on the outside of your teeth. These are special features unique to Invisalign.
The Optimized Attachments can have “active” surfaces and “inactive” surfaces used to facilitate a specific type of movement. The attachments are small miniature composite pieces that are bonded to the outside of certain teeth. They are tooth colored and not visible. Once treatment is completed the attachments are removed.
Your dentist will discuss any preparation that needs to be done to your teeth before any treatment commences.