What is dental stripping?
”Dental stripping” is a procedure in which the dentist “polishes” a very small thickness of the enamel of selected teeth where they would normally touch (if properly aligned). It is a very common procedure in orthodontics and is an alternative to the extraction of permanent teeth in mild to moderate cases of crowding. The main objective is to allow teeth to move in the planned position without being blocked halfway by other teeth.
Dental Stripping Methods:
Manually: Manual Dental Stripping is performed with a diamond coated strip of metal sheet of different thicknesses. It is used when only a small number of teeth are to be treated or for fine grinding.
Mechanically: Mechanical Dental Stripping is performed with a handpiece with strips of different thickness. It is used when a larger number of teeth needs to be polished and at the beginning of the treatment.
When is it necessary?
The technique is used in case of mild or moderate narrowness of anterior and posterior teeth. Triangular teeth are a particular indication, as they tend to restrict movement and prevent correct alignment of the teeth.
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Is it safe?
The present literature shows that the reduction of interproximal enamel surfaces is a valid therapeutic modality in the hands of the orthodontist. This technique, when performed properly and under special circumstances, can contribute to the achievement of treatment goals without compromising the integrity of tooth and periodontal tissue.
Enamel Reduction Techniques in Orthodontics: A Literature Review