As we age, sometimes unwelcome dark spaces appear between our teeth. Besides adding an older appearance to our simile, these dark spaces may also collect food debris and plaque. Also known as dental black triangles - the clinical terminology is gingival embrasures - they can be the result of bone loss, recession of the gum line, or movement of the teeth.
Some people have naturally occurring gaps between their teeth called diastema. Though not unhealthy, gaps between the teeth are sometimes the source of embarrassment or low self-esteem.
Until recently, dentists repaired “black triangles” and gaps with porcelain veneers. A method for restoring function and appearance, veneers are thin layers of ceramic that adhered to the teeth. Applying the veneer, though, first involved removing portions of the tooth surface to make room. With BioClear, the natural tooth can be preserved so there is no additional loss of minerals. The BioClear technique achieves aesthetic beauty in a healthy way.
BioClear is also beneficial for posterior teeth. For posterior teeth, the Injection Molding Technique can many times be used to prevent having to place crown. There are clear indications to get a crown, but now we can restore teeth with this technique which before we had only the option of placing a crown.
This technique uses addition instead of amputation,which strengthens the tooth. In addition, it is a more cost effective and conservative approach.
BioClear Injection Molding Technique is a new system that uses composite material, easily bonded to any part of the tooth, to close the gaps, align uneven teeth, cover chips and even out the color. It is minimally invasive and cost effective treatment that uses clear forms which are filled with a composite material matched to the shade of your teeth. The forms are removed leaving behind smooth contoured composite that has beautiful shine this is smooth to the touch. The form sits just below the gum line, meaning the teeth will appear to emerge naturally. The tight contacts achieved with this system mean that the papilla (the gum in-between the teeth) is hugged back into place, revealing a healthy and youthful smile.
This procedure is much less expensive than porcelain veneers, can be completed in one visit, is stain resistant and durable, and closes up the unsightly “black triangles.” There is no need to remove enamel or grind a tooth prior to application.
If your teeth are healthy (meaning there is no decay or significant damage that would require a crown to repair) BioClear may be a good option for you. It is minimally invasive and your teeth will look healthy and gap-free.
Dr. Burke has completed two BioClear Matrix courses at the BioClear Learning Center in Tacoma Washington and is fully certified in this technique. BioClear fits into her philosophy of conservative, minimally evasive dentistry.
To learn about BioClear please contact us at Family Holistic Dentistry 303-219-0499