Have you ever noticed a triangular gap between your tooth and gum line? That gap is commonly called a ‘black triangle’, also known as “Open Gingival Embrasures.”
Black triangles are not considered problematic on their own, but they may indicate unhealthy conditions around the gum line. They can also leave your gums more susceptible to damage and can distract from the appearance of the smile.
It’s estimated that roughly 67 percent of people over 20 years old have black triangles, so anyone who has them certainly isn’t alone!
So, can black triangles be treated with braces? Spoiler alert: Yes, our experienced orthodontists in Northwest Florida can fix black triangles in teeth.
But before we dive into treatments, let’s get to the bottom of black triangles. Why do they appear in the first place?
What causes black triangles in teeth?
These small triangles may be present due to the shape of the teeth, a lack of gum tissue, and/or gum disease (caused by poor hygiene). Age is also an unavoidable factor that contributes to black triangles. As we get older, our gums naturally start to recede, which can give way to these spaces.
Other causes of black triangles include nail picking, brushing teeth too hard, aggressive flossing, and excessive tooth picking.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat black triangles, and it’s important to fix this condition, as it can harbor food particles and increase the chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
So what can we do to prevent them and what can we do once they appear? Here’s what you need to know.
How to Fix Black Triangles in Teeth
Can black triangles be fixed with braces? Yes, braces can be effective in fixing black triangles between the teeth!
Braces and Invisalign for Black Triangles
Depending on your specific case, your orthodontist may recommend treatment with braces or Invisalign to reduce the appearance of black triangles. With braces and Invisalign, we can apply direct pressure to certain teeth to encourage movement that closes the triangle. By creating a healthy alignment between the teeth, we can eliminate black triangles in most cases.
Interproximal Reduction (IPR) for Black Triangles
Interproximal Reduction is a technique performed by highly-skilled orthodontists to close black triangles. The treatment is performed by hand, using flexible diamond coated strips that are worked back and forth between your teeth. A tiny part of the tooth enamel is trimmed, which will allow your teeth to be pushed closer together, thus reducing the black triangles and closing the spaces between teeth.
Can black triangles be prevented?
There are steps you can take to prevent black triangles! However, some causes, like age or tooth size may not be preventable—but are treatable.
Some spacing between your teeth is natural and can assist you in cleaning your teeth properly. If the space is vast, it’s important that you commit to a strong oral hygiene routine to keep the spaces clean.
Follow a rigorous oral routine! Brush your teeth, floss your teeth thoroughly, use mouthwash daily and visit your dentist for professional cleanings every 6 months.
By maintaining good oral hygiene, you’ll keep your gums healthy and prevent inflammation and bone loss around the teeth. Receiving professional cleanings regularly is also essential for your dentist to monitor your gum and dental health and advise you on any oral hygiene changes you may need to make to prevent black triangles.
The best treatment is always prevention! If you have any questions about black triangles, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We want you to know your options.
Still have questions about black triangles?
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