What Are Black Triangles And What Can You Do?

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Have you been seeing black triangles in the gaps between your teeth and gums when you look in the mirror? These gaps can have a significant impact on the aesthetic appeal of your smile. In the worst cases, you may even find yourself avoiding smiling in front of others. Thankfully, there are ways you can eliminate these black triangles with the help of your dentist. They have a variety of treatments that can help you reduce or eliminate these black triangles.

What Are Black Triangles And What Can You Do?

Between the top portion of your tooth is a small point of gum tissue that separates them. This tissue is known in dentistry as the papilla. The primary cause of black triangles is receding gums that leave the spaces between the top of the teeth empty. Receding gums are often the result of injury or disease.

These gaps are thankfully treatable but require consistent effective dental care at home and with your dentist to eliminate. While minor gapping can often be eliminated with proper dental hygiene practices, more severe cases will require treatment. 

The most important thing you can do to prevent the appearance of black triangles is to maintain a steady regimen of preventative care. When they’ve already appeared the most effective approach is to work closely with your dentist. Eliminating them will generally require a gum graft or other form of restoration.

Some treatments used to address these triangles include:

  • Bonding – This is a dental material used to perform restorations and cosmetic enhancement of the teeth. It is carefully put in place on the problem areas of your tooth, including into the black triangle gap.
  • Veneer – This is a form of restoration that bonds thin panels of ceramic to your teeth. They require the removal of a small amount of enamel to place them, and can perfectly hide many defects.
  • Invisalign – Sometimes the gaps between your teeth can be addressed through the use of orthodontics such as Invisalign. They may be able to adjust your teeth in a way that retains a beautiful smile while eliminating these black triangles.
  • Dermal Filler – This substance is a common element of most aesthetic skin treatments. It has the ability to tighten skin and reduce the signs of aging. It’s also capable of plumping your gums in a way that hides the presence of black triangles. It’s also capable of stimulating healing, inhibiting bacteria, and promoting the growth of new blood vessels.

These treatments have all been shown to be effective for permanently or temporarily eliminating the presence of black triangles.

Learn More Black Triangle Tips From Your Dentist

Speak to your dentist to learn more about how you can prevent black triangles. If you’ve already developed these unsightly blemishes then ask them about methods for eliminating them. They’ll be able to provide a comprehensive set of options to help you address these triangles and restore a beautiful smile. Don’t wait another day to eliminate this unsightly mark on your smile!  Call today!