Why do I get black triangles?Black triangles in teeth are often due to bone loss and recession of the gum line, or movement of the teeth after orthodontics (braces). They can make the teeth and smile look old. Those dark dental gaps can also be prone to accumulate food debris encouraging staining of the teeth and excessive plaque build-up.
What happens during the Bioclear procedure?Firstly, any trace of plaque is meticulously removed painlessly with a special powder to ensure the tooth is spotless Then a special Bioclear transparent cap is placed on the tooth and the tooth shade matched resin is injection moulded onto the tooth. The resin is then set using a special high intensity blue light and the set resin is carefully shaped then highly polished to produce a totally blended final result that closes the gaps.
Does it hurt?Most Bioclear restorations are purely additive. This means they are painless to perform. However, if there are old or disoloured fillings where we need to work, we may need to gently place a local anaesthetic to enable us to do this. We also offer IV sedation for the most anxious of patients
Can Bioclear be used instead of a veneer or crown?Yes, the primary reason to opt for Bioclear® is that the treatment is so much more conservative, allowing the preservation of more natural tooth structure. Also, a crown is more at risk to recurrent decay. Decay starts at the edge of the crown and can progress underneath it if not addressed right away. Most crowns block x-rays from allowing us to see what’s happening underneath it. This isn’t the case with a Bioclear® restoration.
How long does Bioclear last?With proper care, your Bioclear treatment should last approximately 10 years or longer
How much does Bioclear cost?On average, Bioclear is 25-50% less expensive than a porcelain veneer or crown
Bioclear vs. crowns
To prepare a crown, you must remove a lot of tooth structure, making this an irreversible procedure.
Another problem with crowns is a snap-off fracture, meaning the crown and underlying tooth structure break off at the gumline. If there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining, the only option is to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or bridge.
Bioclear can strengthen the structure of your tooth and restore its function, without cutting any tooth at all!
Bioclear vs. bonding
While both procedures use a composite resin, there are key differences.
Traditional bonding is more at risk for staining, chipping and cracking, and frequent replacement.
Bioclear is more durable, stain-resistant, and longer-lasting than cosmetic bonding. It’s also better suited for hiding those dark, black triangle shapes between your teeth.