When a patient has cosmetic flaws with his or her teeth, the go-to fix has been porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the fronts of the teeth to change their shape, cover staining, hide chips, and the like. But the problem with placing veneers has always been the need to remove healthy tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. Plus, they are relatively expensive.
Dr. Fong offers porcelain veneers, which are a beautiful option for improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. But he now also offers a new option, Bioclear. Bioclear uses flowable composite that is shaped by clear mylar wrapped around the tooth. The composite then flows to the shape and makes a perfect looking tooth.
Bioclear is a good alternative to veneers.
How is Bioclear done?
The process begins as Dr. Fong lightly etches the surfaces of the teeth that will receive the Bioclear composite. This is different than preparation of the teeth for veneers, which involves shaving from .5 to.7mm of healthy tooth enamel from the fronts of the teeth. Once the teeth are etched, Dr. Fong places the thin mylar around each tooth. Bioclear calls these matrices. You can think of them as basically being the form that will shape the flowable composite resin. These shapes are especially great for filling in what are known as “black triangles,” the spaces that form between the teeth as the gums recede.
Now Dr. Fong pours in the flowable composite resin. This resin is heated slightly to make it liquid. This allows it to flow into the shape created by the mylar matrices. The composite is then cured and hardened. Now, Dr. Fong can shave down any areas he doesn’t like. The final step is to polish the composite, leaving the patient with a perfect, beautiful smile, without any black triangles.
What are the advantages of Bioclear as an alternative to porcelain veneers or dental bonding?
These are the advantages of Bioclear:
- Doesn’t require the removal of healthy tooth structure as with veneers
- Restorations last longer than dental bonding and as long as veneers
- Great for closing black triangles
- Less expensive than porcelain veneers
- More resistant to staining than dental bonding
- Treatment may be completed in a single visit
- Safe for the gums
- Easily repaired if damaged
What dental problems can be covered with Bioclear?
- Black triangles
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Worn teeth
- Broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Undersized teeth
Are you interested in Bioclear? Call Dr. Fong at (714) 549-1903 to schedule a consultation.