Inter-proximal enamel reduction in contemporary orthodontics

Br Dent J. 2016 Dec 16;221(12):757-763. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.945.


Inter-proximal enamel reduction has gained increasing prominence in recent years being advocated to provide space for orthodontic alignment, to refine contact points and to potentially improve long-term stability. An array of techniques and products are available ranging from hand-held abrasive strips to handpiece mounted burs and discs. The indications for inter-proximal enamel reduction and the importance of formal space analysis, together with the various techniques and armamentarium which may be used to perform it safely in both the labial and buccal segments are outlined.

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care
  • Dental Enamel*
  • Humans
  • Orthodontics*