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Article: Volume 42 Number 10 Page 922 - December 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 922-924

Orthodontics:  The Ethics of Interproximal Reduction

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Abstract: Interproximal reduction (IPR) has become particularly popular with the use of removable aligners. Clinical and ethical factors concerning the use of interproximal reduction to facilitate orthodontic alignment are discussed.

Clinical relevance: An understanding of the aetiological factors of a malocclusion is essential to enable full discussion of the risks and benefits, or the alternatives to IPR.

Author notes: Joseph H Noar, MSc, BDS, FDS RCS(Ed), FDS RCS(Eng), DOrth RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng), FHEA, Consultant/Hon Senior Lecturer and Louise C Kneafsey, BDS, MFDS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Eng), Senior Specialist Registrar Orthodontics, Orthodontic Unit, Division of Craniofacial and Development Sciences, Eastman Dental Hospital/Institute, 256 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8LD, UK.

Objective: To understand the importance of comprehensive orthodontic diagnosis when carrying out interproximal reduction to facilitate orthodontic alignment.