Bioclear is a minimally invasive and cost effective treatment using clear tooth shaped forms. Through Bioclear treatment, you can achieve a beautiful smile at a significantly lower cost than crowns or porcelain veneers.
Unlike porcelain veneers, Bioclear treatment does not require the dentist to grind away part of your tooth. In addition, Bioclear can be done in one visit, whereas porcelain veneers can require 2 or more visits.
Bonding is simply adding a tooth colored filling to the surface or cavity of a tooth. The end result does not look as good or feel as smooth as Bioclear. Also, Bioclear is more durable and will last longer than bonding.
How long does Bioclear last?
Bioclear was invented in 2009, so there isn’t long-term data available. The company says it is confident that restorations will last as long as porcelain veneers, which generally have a lifespan of around 10 years. In fact, Bioclear warrantees its cosmetic enhancements for 10 years.
How much does Bioclear cost?
The cost of Bioclear is less than the cost of porcelain veneers, but more than the cost of bonding.
What does Bioclear help treat?
Bioclear is an alternative to cosmetic options such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. It is great for black triangles (gaps at the upper portions of two adjacent teeth when the gums have pulled back slightly), gaps between teeth (diastema), uneven teeth, worn-down teeth, chipped teeth, or uneven tooth color
How is Bioclear different than porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the fronts of the teeth. The placement of porcelain veneers requires that a portion of the front of the tooth be removed to make room for the veneer. Because of this removal of .5 to .7 mm of enamel, porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. When your first set of veneers reaches its lifespan, you need to have a new set placed.
Bioclear doesn’t require removal of any of the natural tooth surface. Instead, using matrices to mold the composite resin, the Bioclear system simply fills in areas with gaps. Bioclear is also more cost effective than porcelain veneers.
What is a black triangle?
A black triangle is the name dentists use to refer to an area between teeth where the gum tissue may have receded or was never present. This gum recession may be caused by too much brushing, brushing too firmly, periodontal disease, or the slight gum recession that accompanies aging.
What causes spaces between teeth?
Gaps between teeth, clinically called diastema, can occur for a variety of reasons. A diastema forms most often between the two upper front teeth, but gaps can occur between any two teeth. Gaps can be caused by these reasons:
- If the teeth are too small for the jawbone, spaces can occur.
- If a tooth, such as one of the upper incisors (next to the two front teeth), is missing or undersized, this can allow the upper front teeth to slide and create a gap.
- If the labial frenum, the piece of tissue that extends from the inside of the upper lip to the gum just above your two upper front teeth, continues to grow it can block the natural closing of the space between the two teeth.
- Thumb sucking tends to pull the teeth forward, creating gaps.
- A tongue thrust can push the teeth forward, creating a space.
- APeriodontal disease can result in gaps between teeth as they become loose.
What are the advantages of Bioclear?
Dr. Fong uses the Bioclear system as an alternative to dental bonding and porcelain veneers. It has numerous advantages:
- 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
Bioclear procedures can be used to correct these dental problems: