• Slenderizing of teeth (reducing their width) allows improved alignment while minimizing the need for extractions.
  • Teeth are chosen at the time of the procedure and are usually limited to back and/or lower front teeth unless specifically indicated otherwise by Dr. Papandreas.
  • Teeth are first slightly separated using a wooden toothpick between the teeth. This is usually the most ‘challenging’ step of the procedure for patients as the tooth pick initially presses against the gum tissue.
  • A small portion of the enamel located to the sides of select teeth is then lightly removed. Anesthetic is never used.
  • When finished, teeth will be approximately ¼ to 1 mm thinner overall.
  • The procedure has never caused any known harm to the teeth to date but it can. Risks include but are not limited to persisting sensitivity of teeth, need for a root canal, the loss of teeth, and increased cavities.
  • If front teeth are reshaped they will have a different size and form when complete, please be aware of this as once done there is no return.
  • Should you have any questions, please feel free to ask Dr. Papandreas directly regarding this procedure; his intention is to perform this step today.
  • There is no charge for this additional step in your care!



Papandreas Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a specialist evaluate every adult, and all children no later than the age of 7. Although treatment for kids rarely begins at age 7 the early detection of impending problems always leads to a simpler, less expensive future solution via proper timing. Dr. Papandreas provides the initial consultation with records and follow-up observations at no charge to all kids and adults. No referral is necessary for you or your child (you can also share this info with a friend); CLICK HERE to set a visit now. Do not hesitate pursuing this evaluation regardless of perception that ‘all is ok’, as many problems are not easily identifiable except by the Certified Orthodontic Specialist©.