QwikStrip™ IPR Sequence Guide

In order to create precise interproximal spaces (interproximal reduction or IPR) for any Orthodontic procedure or any Minor Tooth Movement needed, use QwikStrip™ color coded abrasive strips according to the sequence outlined. The reduction process (IPR) should begin with the white serrated strip (not pictured) to break the contact, followed by the yellow single-sided strip (.07mm), and continue in sequence until the desired space is achieved. Check the reduction with an approved measurement guide before moving to the next strip (grit) in the sequence.

Note: Use all versions of QwikStrips (single-sided, double-sided, and curved) in any area of the mouth. In order to achieve optimal results and for maintaining the proper anatomical contour for posterior teeth, finish any IPR procedure by using the curved QwikStrips.

Dr Louie Khouri demonstrates how quick and easy Qwik Strips are to use for interproximal reduction.

For contouring, be sure to use the curved Qwik Strips for optimal results.

WHAT IS INTERPROXIMAL REDUCTION (IPR) & HOW IT WORKS

IPR, or Interproximal reduction is a quick and not complex orthodontic procedure made for changing the shape and size of the teeth. Used mostly on the sides where teeth touch each other. For clear aligners (Active Aligners) or braces, IPR is used to create space to allow teeth to move.

  • HOW IS IPR PERFORMED?

    Teeth area made of tooth enamel, dentin, the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels. During IPR, the doctor removes the part of the outer surface, or the enamel. Stripping is performed between teeth that touch in order to create space between movements.

  • HOW DO DENTISTS AND ORTHODONTISTS REMOVE THE ENAMEL?

    After identifying where you wants to perform IPR, you will begin the removal of the enamel with the QwikStrips easy to use sequence. This means you only remove the exact and required amount of enamel, leaving sufficient enamel for the tooth to remain healthy.

The IPR procedure is an essential part of teeth straightening treatment using clear aligners  (Active Aligners) or braces. Interproximal reduction not only eliminates crowding, it also creates smooth, straight surfaces. Studies show that the usage of IPR doesn’t provoke any tooth decay, and no increase in sensitivity in the future. 

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