Veneers have been around for a long, long time. They were invented in 1928, by a Californian dentist called Charles Pincus, to temporarily change the appearance of actors’ teeth on film shoots.
Getting veneers involves permanently bonding a thin piece of porcelain to the front of a tooth (they’re different to crowns, which cover the entire tooth). They can improve the look and function of your teeth, particularly in cases where your teeth are discolored, chipped or broken, decayed or weakened or crooked. Your dentist will make a mold of your teeth to ensure they’re the right fit, bond them to the enamel on your teeth with a special cement and they’ll color-match each one.
Sounds like a great solution, right?
Here’s an even better one: Bioclear.
Dentistry has come a long way in the last 100 years and today we’re lucky to have a whole range of treatments and procedures that are beyond Charles Pincus’s wildest imagination.
About to Google “Bioclear near me”? Save yourself the trouble! Dr. Rob at Valley Dental is the only Bioclear-certified dentist in Alaska. Make an appointment today.
Bioclear vs. Veneers
OK, so what exactly is Bioclear? Put simply, it’s a dental composite which is wrapped around your teeth to strengthen them and improve their appearance. It’s very durable and stain-resistant, it can be contoured and polished to suit your individual smile, and it has an average lifespan of about 10 years – depending on your circumstances and how well you look after your teeth.
Here are some of the quick pros and cons of Bioclear vs. veneers:
- When you get veneers, dentists have to remove some of the healthy enamel on your teeth to help the porcelain bond. Bioclear, on the other hand, adds to the structure of your teeth.
- Veneers cannot be undone, whereas Bioclear is non-invasive and reversible.
- Veneers can take time to produce, as each one has to be created in a lab after a dentist takes a mold of your teeth. Bioclear is considered a “no-prep” treatment, so you can walk out with gleaming new teeth after a single visit.
- Veneers can be expensive, whereas Bioclear is typically much more affordable.
If you’d like more information, check out this blog post we prepared earlier which explains why Bioclear is such an exciting alternative to dental crowns.
Bioclear before and after
Bioclear was invented by a dentist called Dr. David Clark in 2009. In addition to improving the strength and appearance of your teeth, it can fix chipped and cracked teeth, fill black triangles left by gum recession and much more. The dentist will place a mold around your teeth and then inject the composite material into the gaps. Once it’s hardened, it can be contoured into the right shape and polished. It’s perfectly matched to your teeth and applied in just appointment.
Here are some before and after pictures showing Dr. Rob’s work.
This patient came to Valley Dental after experiencing dental trauma. Dr. Rob was able to fully restore these teeth using the Bioclear technique in just one visit:
Meanwhile, this patient’s front teeth were noticeably chipped and damaged. After one, minimally invasive appointment, this patient left with smooth, natural looking restorations:
WATCH: Bioclear can also be used to close gaps between teeth. Click here to watch a video on our website showing the Bioclear inventor, Dr. David Clark, in action.
Bioclear for crooked teeth
What if your teeth are already strong and healthy, but your teeth are crooked?
If you have a tooth that isn’t sized or shaped in a way that you like, there’s no sense in spending big on a major restoration. You don’t need orthodontics or invasive treatments like a tooth removal.
Talk to us today about how we can use Bioclear to fix misshapen teeth. It’s a minimally-invasive, same day procedure that will give you a renewed sense of confidence about your smile.
Bioclear for black triangles
A ‘black triangle’ is the name given to the are small gaps that can form between your teeth and your gum (dentists call them ‘open gingival embrasures’ which is definitely a lot less catchy).
They’re usually caused by gum recession and they’re most noticeable at the front of your mouth. Your teeth taper towards the root, so the gap left behind is usually in the shape of a triangle.
There are a few things that can cause these gaps to occur. For example, they might be natural, they might be a result of bone loss, they might have appeared as you have gotten older and your gums have receded, or perhaps they appeared as a result of teeth movement if you had braces.
Black triangles are the perfect space for food debris and plaque to build up, so they can negatively impact your overall dental hygiene. The good news is that they’re easy to fix.
Bioclear is a “monolith” restoration, meaning it’s done in one smooth treatment. It’s a simple way to fill out your teeth and remove any gaps between your teeth before they start to cause problems.
We’re happy to chat about different options to fix the gaps between your teeth. If you’d like more information, check out this blog post about how Bioclear can help remove gaps.
Bioclear dentist near me
Dr. Robert W. Robinson III (you can call him Dr. Rob) is the only Bioclear-certified dentist in Alaska. He grew up locally, graduating from Wasilla High in 1989, and earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He returned to Wasilla in 1999 to begin working with his father, who opened the Valley Dental Clinic in 1973.
Dr. Rob is committed to giving the best dental care in the Mat-Su Valley, so he continues his education every year. He has two kids, Devin and Brooklyn, and loves hunting, fishing and riding snow machines. He’s happy to say hello either in the clinic or somewhere in the woods.
That said, it’s much easier to discuss Bioclear in the clinic than beside a rushing river while you’re trying to land a catch. Why not make an appointment today?