Black triangles along the gum line are among the most common complaints people have about their smiles as they get older. The problem is that your gums recede, exposing the taper of your teeth from the contact point to the gum line. This creates a triangle of negative space, which looks black when you smile. Although ensuring healthy, full gums is the best way to avoid black triangles, BioClear gives us a new technique for closing black triangles that is almost as good.
BioClear is also a good technique for addressing other common cosmetic complaints. To learn whether BioClear is right for you, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry for an appointment with Wilmington cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Kuzma.
Advantages of BioClear
BioClear is a new technique in tooth reshaping. They were designed to overcome limitations of both dental bonding and porcelain veneers, and were largely successful. Compared to dental bonding, BioClear:
- Creates more uniform coloration
- Creates smoother appearance
- Is more stain resistant
- Is more durable
On the other hand, if we compare BioClear to porcelain veneers, it:
- Can be completed in a single visit
- Repairs more easily if damaged
- Requires the removal of less enamel
- Is less expensive
All of these benefits make BioClear a great choice for many cosmetic applications, but it is in closing black triangles that the procedure truly excels. That’s because of how the technique works.
How BioClear Works
Common dental bonding material has a thick, paste-like consistency. It has to be spread out and shaped onto your tooth. BioClear, on the other hand, uses a flowable composite that allows us to create a mold for a new tooth, then pour in the composite, which flows in, filling in all available spaces, including those spaces that create black triangles at the base of your teeth.
First, though, we may start by removing some natural tooth enamel. This isn’t always necessary, and when it is done, it’s only a small amount. Then the Bioclear Matrix, a thin sheet of transparent mylar, is wrapped around your current tooth to create a mold for your new tooth.
Once we’ve achieved the shape we want, we can pour in the composite material. This is heated so that it will flow properly. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt, because it doesn’t conduct heat very well, it’s like an insulator. The material flows all the way in and won’t create the kind of voids that sometimes appear in other dental bonding procedures.
Once the material has cooled, cured, and hardened, we can shape and polish it. This doesn’t take as long as with regular dental bonding because the flowable composite creates a naturally smooth, shiny surface.
Now instead of unsightly black triangles, you will have shiny teeth that close gaps all the way to the gum line.
Are You a Candidate for BioClear?
If you want to close black triangles, then it’s likely that BioClear is the best treatment for you. However, you do need to have healthy teeth that don’t need to have too much material removed.
BioClear is also good for people with sensitive gums that might react to some other traditional techniques, such as veneers or dental crowns.
And, of course, BioClear is a great option if you looking for great results on a limited budget.
To learn more about BioClear veneers and closing black triangles in Wilmington, NC, please call (910) 392-6060 for an appointment at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.