San Mateo Cosmetic Dentistry
BioClear Matrix - An Alternative to Veneers
As we age, sometimes unwelcome dark spaces appear between our teeth. Besides adding an older appearance to our smiles, 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 also 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 are adhered to the teeth. Applying the veneer, though, first involves removing portions of the tooth’s surface enamel to make room. San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is now offering an alternative to veneers.
Advantages of BioClear
BioClear Matrix is a technique that uses a clear mold to restore and enhance the appearance of teeth by filling in gaps and improving the overall shape and contour.
This procedure is much less expensive than porcelain veneers, can be completed in one visit, is stain resistant and durable, and closes up those 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 to your teeth that would require a crown to repair), BioClear may be a good option. It is minimally invasive and your teeth will look healthy, even, and gap-free.
Bioclear Matrix is a progressive new system that uses a composite material, easily bonded to any part of the tooth, to close gaps, align uneven teeth, cover chips, and even the color.