Do you have “black triangles” and gaps between your teeth? Are you looking for a comfortable solution?
What Are Black Triangles Between Your Teeth?
Dental black triangles, known clinically as gingival embrasures, are areas between teeth where the gum tissue may have receded. These gaps in the smile can result from bone loss, gum recession, and shifting teeth. Dr. Brenda Paulen and her professional dental team treat black triangles in Atlanta, GA. As for why people ask for the dark triangles between their teeth to be fixed, Dr. Paulen says, “They feel it makes them look old or ugly; look poor or neglectful; look stressed or unhealthy.”
Treating black triangles promptly can reduce your risk for common dental concerns such as cavities and gum disease. Treatment also prevents the shifting of teeth over time by supporting natural tooth structure and the stability of the bite.
What Causes Black Triangles?
Many things can contribute to black triangles. The most common reason is usually gum recession. Gums pull away from your teeth and expose some of your tooth roots. Gums start to recede naturally as we age, but other circumstances can make them recede faster. If you’re a smoker or have problems with gum disease, you’ll likely have more issues with gum recession. Bone loss in this area contributes as well.
After you get braces or other orthodontic treatment, your teeth can still shift and move. Not all orthodontic results are perfect or last forever. If your teeth are shifting around after some sort of orthodontics, they can cause black triangles. So can brushing your teeth too harshly or aggressively. You don’t want to actually harm or hurt anything in your mouth when you’re brushing your teeth. If you’re experiencing pain, you’re brushing too harshly.
Lastly, black triangles can form just because of the shape of your teeth. Rectangular teeth are even and straight, coming together symmetrically. You won’t have black triangles between these. Oval teeth are also usually safe because they have rounded edges and fit nicely together. Triangular-shaped teeth are the most likely culprit. Because the bottom of the tooth is wider than the top, they won’t fit beside other teeth evenly, causing gaps at the top of the teeth.
Can Black Triangles in-between Teeth be Fixed?
Many patients are curious about their options for black triangle treatment. Dr. Paulen and her dental staff offer an array of comprehensive solutions to patients:
Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry solution that can correct crooked and shifting teeth. This solution uses a series of clear aligners that straighten teeth. Invisalign often straightens teeth in a shorter time frame than traditional braces. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable for meals and brushing and flossing teeth.
A new method of tooth bonding is BioClear. For this treatment, the base of the tooth is thickened with a composite, tooth-colored resin. This fills in the gaps left by black triangles. Plastic matrices are often used to ensure that the resulting tooth has a clear form and function. BioClear looks and feels natural on the teeth.
For patients with severe cases of gum recession, the gums can be re-contoured or renewed using gum surgery. Usually, these patients need a gum graft. Dr. Paulen can refer patients to a local specialist for necessary surgical procedures.
See the real results of patients who have had treatment in Dr. Paulen’s office:
Black Triangles FAQs
Do black triangles go away on their own?
No. Black triangles are a product of receding gums and loss of tooth enamel. Your gums do not grow back, nor does your tooth enamel. You will need to consult your dentist in Sandy Springs for recommendations and treatment to fix the black triangles in your smile completely.
Can flossing cause black triangles?
Flossing too hard and brushing your teeth too hard can, indirectly, lead to black triangles. Flossing and brushing too hard over time can cause your gums to recede and create black triangles. As mentioned above, gums do not grow back.
Can black triangles lead to periodontal disease?
There is great potential for periodontal disease to develop around black triangles. Black triangles can allow food and plaque to build up between the teeth, creating an environment that can lead to tooth decay and progressive gum disease.
Contact Our Dentist Office for a Dental Exam
Fill in the gaps in your smile with one of our many treatment options. Call our Atlanta office at (404) 418-7734 or request an appointment with Dr. Paulen on our website. The staff of Proud Smiles treats patients with the utmost care. If you have any further questions about your treatment options, they will be glad to assist you.