Whether you’re posing for selfies or taking your annual professional portrait, the last thing you want to see are those infamous “black triangles” in your smile.
You know the ones—the tiny gaps of darkness that pop out from your gums, making your teeth look smaller, darker, and older.
Unfortunately, for 30-40% of adults in the United States, those little black triangles are exactly what stand out the most!
In this post, we’ll take a look at a new way of fixing black triangles between teeth: an innovative dental restoration treatment called Bioclear.
We’ll explore what Bioclear is, how it works, and why it’s such a great fix for those unsightly “black triangle teeth”—not just for patients of our Waxahachie dental office but across the country!
The Bioclear Matrix System
Bioclear, as part of the larger brand of Bioclear Matrix Systems, is a brand-new method of closing unsightly black triangles and gaps in teeth.
Before we jump into how the Bioclear method actually works for fixing black triangles between teeth, let’s start by looking at what causes those little black spaces in the first place.
What Causes “Black Triangle Teeth”?
Even if you’ve never spotted black triangles in your own gums, you’ve probably seen them among your friends, family members, neighbors, and acquaintances. (And if you haven’t really noticed them before, you definitely will after reading this post!)
Clinically speaking, these triangles of black between teeth and gums are known as open gingival embrasures, and their most common causes include:
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
- Toothbrush abrasion
- Small teeth
- Malpositioned teeth
- Tooth movement
- Gum (periodontal) disease
- Previous gum surgery
As we’ve seen in many patients at our Waxahachie family dentistry office, black triangles are often caused by a combination of several or even many of these above-mentioned issues. No matter what the specific cause might be, however, the one question that most patients have is this:
How can I get rid of these ugly black triangles?!
Until the advent of Bioclear, the best option for fixing black triangles between teeth was porcelain veneers. So, let’s see how these two dental restoration options stack up!
Bioclear vs. Veneers: Quick Facts and Comparison
- Invented in the 1920s
- Made from thin “shells” of porcelain
- Permanently bonded to the front of the teeth
- Often require damage to the tooth structure or enamel
- Typically require 2-3 dental visits to complete
- May chip or crack, especially if you grind your tooth
- Must be fully replaced in case of damage
Despite their high price tag, porcelain veneers don’t always work effectively. They sometimes fail to close the spaces between teeth and gums without causing overhangs or plaque traps.
- Invented in 2007 by Dr. David Clark
- Made from patented Bioclear matrices and composites
- Injection-molded to each patient’s mouth
- Permanently bonded to the teeth in one piece
- Minimally invasive, with no damage done to tooth structure
- Can be repaired in case of damage
Although technologically advanced, the typical Bioclear cost is significantly lower than porcelain veneers—up to 50% less depending upon the patient.
How the Bioclear Matrix Method Works
The Bioclear method uses specially shaped forms and tooth-colored composite material to close the dark spaces between teeth and gums.
In addition to black triangles, Bioclear works well for other applications too: closing diastemas (spaces between teeth) and reshaping peg laterals (small or misshapen teeth).
With Bioclear, the treatment for black triangle teeth is simple and minimally invasive:
- The teeth are cleaned.
- The matrix is shaped and placed.
- The filling material is bonded to the tooth.
- The material is shaped and polished to a high luster.
Bioclear gives patients a beautiful, strong, and long-lasting dental restoration without the expense of porcelain veneers.
More than just aesthetic appeal, however, Bioclear is also an important contributor to oral health. By filling the black triangles in teeth and pressing the papilla (the gum that hangs down between your teeth) back into place, Bioclear keeps food and debris from getting stuck there, which in turn helps reduce plaque build-up, bacterial growth, and gum inflammation.
As it turns out, fixing the black triangles between your teeth not only returns the dazzling smile of your youth—but also supports a healthier mouth!
Bioclear Before and After
Here in our Waxahachie and Ellis County dental office, Dr. Craig Smith often recommends Bioclear as a treatment for black triangle teeth.
See for yourself the difference that Bioclear Matrix Systems can have on your smile:
While any licensed dentist can technically purchase the equipment necessary to perform the Bioclear procedure, hands-on training is required to gain mastery over this unique type of dental restoration. Dr. Smith has undergone training from Bioclear, and he’s one of only six dentists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to have received official Bioclear certification.
If you’re feeling uneasy about those black spaces, don’t hesitate to call us at Main Street Dental Arts and chat with our helpful staff about fixing the black triangles between your teeth with Bioclear.
Tired of Black Triangle Teeth? Talk to Us About Bioclear Today
Your smile is important, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to feel confident again!
Before you commit to expensive porcelain veneers from another Dallas or Waxahachie dentist, contact us today to see whether the Bioclear method is right for you! We’d be happy to chat with you to discuss the many details of Bioclear: cost, procedure, insurance coverage, and more.
Give us at Main Street Dental Arts a call at 972-937-1841 or contact us to schedule a consultation about finally (and affordably!) fixing those black triangles between your teeth.