Fixing black triangles with dental bonding after orthodontic work? (Photo)
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The black triangle can be minimized with slenderizing to make the teeth less triangular. This needs to be done during orthodontic treatment so that the spaces can be closed. Bonding can also improve the esthetics but it will need to be replaced periodically. The bonding should not stain from drinks and food, but your teeth can be stained so the margin between the tooth and the bonding material can become visible over time from discoloration/staining of your tooth.
A permanent retainer on the upper teeth can be less durable due to the overlap of your lower teeth and biting pressure. You may want to also have a removable retainer to wear at night, especially in case the upper fixed retainer is broken and cannot be repaired immediately.
Chi H. Bui, DMD, MS
Porcelain veneers to fix black triangle #DrSoftTouch
While bonding can be used to improve the appearance of teeth, I do not recommend it for your case. Since access is very limited in the space, bonding is not an easy task and will not give you an excellent cosmetic result. Rather than bonding, I would recommend the instant fix of porcelain veneers. See an experienced cosmetic dentist for a complete evaluation to determine your options. The best indicator to determine if the dentist is going to give you the results that he or she claims, is by viewing before and after photos of his/her patients that have undergone similar or the same procedures. Veneers will surely have you smiling again! Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD
St. Louis, MO area (O'Fallon, IL)
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