Are there small gaps between your teeth, even after you’ve had orthodontics to straighten them? These naturally occurring gaps are know as open gingival embrasures. If there is too much space there, they are called black triangles. In addition to lacking aesthetics, they can also trap food and are prone to accumulate food debris and plaque. Even those of us with the healthiest teeth and brushing habits can end up with these gaps as as we age and our gums recede.
In the past, dentists would close these gaps with dental bonding or even a porcelain veneer, but now there is another easier solution.
What is Bioclear?
Bioclear was created by Dr. David Clark back in 2007 as a new restorative dental technique. Since then, the Bioclear Learning Center has offered courses on their techniques to dentists. Dr. Reddy has received this training.
The Bioclear Method
Once the dentist has invested time in Bioclear education courses and purchased the tools and materials, they are ready to perform the method on patients. Bioclear injects warm composite directly over a mold of the tooth, in order to better design and strengthen teeth without losing them. It is stronger and more long-lasting than traditional dental bonding.
When undergoing Bioclear, your teeth are isolated and a micro-blaster is used to clean the surfaces. Bioclear’s patented clear forms are placed around the teeth and slightly under the gumline. After preparing the tooth’s surface with agents and roughening, warm composite material is injected around the clear forms. The warm bonding adheres to your tooth in one piece, making it as effective a repair as a porcelain veneer. One of the benefits of Bioclear is the restoration can be repaired at any time, whereas porcelain veneers are difficult to repair once they have been placed in the mouth.
How Much is Bioclear?
A Bioclear restoration is less expensive than a porcelain veneer, and it is more conservative, as it preserves more of your natural tooth structure. However, this technique can only be done by Bioclear certified dentists with tools and materials approved by Bioclear. The start-up costs are high and the education is time-consuming. However, dentists have found it is a better restorative technique than bonding or even porcelain veneers, leading to more satisfied patients.
Am I a Bioclear Candidate?
Bioclear is recommended for all kinds of patients—from teens finally free from braces to older patients with receding gumlines. Any patient worried about their visible black triangles can consult with Dr. Reddy, a Bioclear certified dentist, for the best course of action.
For an appointment, you may call us or just fill out an appointment request form. If you just have some questions about Bioclear and want to know if you’re a candidate, you can ask for a complimentary consultation.