When you smile, you want people to see your healthy teeth and gums. Bright white teeth contrast with your gums and lips. It’s the ideal combination to make for an attractive smile.

But what if you’ve got something else in your smile? Dark black gaps around the bases of your teeth, known as “black triangles” can really be an unhappy addition to your smile.

Fortunately, at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, we have several ways that we can approach this problem and give you back a healthy, full smile without the unsightly gaps caused by black triangles!

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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

Many people develop black triangles around their teeth because they have receding gums. We’ll want to identify the cause of your receding gums, which have many common causes. Receding gums may be due to gum disease, or to toothbrushing that’s too aggressive. Oral piercings and orthodontic treatment can also contribute to receding gums. If you have TMJ or other bite problems, it can also contribute to receding gums.

Once we’ve identified the cause, we can recommend a treatment plan.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a great approach for restoring your youthful, healthy gum position. There’s no need for an incision, just a pinhole; there’s no gum graft, so there’s no donor site and no donor site discomfort.

We can cover exposed roots to reduce sensitivity and close up black triangles at the same time.

Close Gaps with BioClear

Part of the reason why we develop black triangles is because of the shape of our teeth: wide at the top and tapered to the root. For some people, this taper can be quite evident, even with little or no receding gums. That means that maybe the best way to close the gaps is to reshape your teeth.

BioClear allows us to reshape your teeth with a quick, efficient, and inexpensive procedure. It uses a flowable composite material to reshape your teeth and close the unsightly gaps between them.

BioClear is often described as veneers because it is a highly attractive procedure that is more durable and stain-resistant than traditional dental bonding procedures, making it more similar to porcelain veneers than bonding.

The procedure for BioClear is fast and only takes one appointment. BioClear isn’t like traditional dental bonding. Instead of using a thick paste, BioClear uses a flowable composite. First, we might have to prep your tooth a bit for the procedure. Then, we will create molds consisting of transparent mylar wrapped around your teeth.

After creating a mold for your tooth, Dr. Kuzma pours the heated composite into the mold and lets it flow and fill in the available spaces. After the composite cools and hardens, we will shape and polish it. In little to no time at all, you will have shiny teeth and no black triangles!

BioClear can also hide cracks, chips, receding gums, and stains. Your smile will look amazing once we’re finished. 

Restore Damaged Teeth With Crowns or Veneers

Although BioClear’s advantages make it a great approach for most people, sometimes we want to utilize a stronger material when closing your black triangles. Especially if your teeth have been damaged by erosion, chipping, or wear, we might recommend a sturdier procedure. This may include porcelain veneers or dental crowns.

With veneers and crowns, we will reshape your teeth by bonding them to advanced ceramics. This will involve removing some of your natural tooth material, but the results are worth it. Very attractive and highly durable, your new restorations can give you back a smile free of black triangles and can last for ten years or more.

Orthodontic Treatment For Black Triangles

Another one of the causes of black triangles is teeth that are not well aligned. If you had braces previously in life and didn’t wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth may have shifted out of place. The small gaps between teeth can then cause black triangles to appear.

If misaligned teeth are the cause of your black triangles, we can recommend the best orthodontic treatment for you.

We offer Invisalign at our dental office. Each of these options can help you close black triangles and straighten your teeth. Once completing your treatment, it’s important to wear your retainer every night directly after completing treatment. A year after completing your treatment, you should continue wearing your retainers a few nights per week to maintain your results. Otherwise, the black triangles can return.

Fix Black Triangle Teeth in Wilmington, NC

Are you unhappy with black triangles in your smile? Please call (910) 392-6060 today for an appointment with Wilmington, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Kuzma to help you decide which cosmetic dentistry treatment is best for covering your black triangles for long-lasting, beautiful results.