Can orthodontic treatment fix black triangles in teeth?

Have you ever noticed a triangular gap between your tooth and gum line? That gap is commonly called a “black triangle”, or to us dental professionals, “open gingival embrasures.”

And about one-third of adults have black triangle teeth

Most reasons behind black triangles are not considered unhealthy or problematic; however, they do throw off the balance of your smile and can cause embarrassment. Luckily, there are treatments available to correct this condition!


How do you get black triangles in your teeth

These small triangles can form due to the shape of your teeth, a lack of gum tissue, or periodontal disease

In the case of orthodontic treatment, the alignment process of your teeth may reveal black triangles; yet, they are not the cause of black triangles. 

Black triangles can be problematic not only because they have an undesirable appearance, but they can harbor food particles, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

But how do you prevent them in the first place, and what can you do once they appear? Here’s what you need to know.


Can black triangles be prevented?

You cannot always avoid black triangles. In fact, some spacing between your teeth is natural and can be helpful for flossing. 

When you have black triangles, it’s crucial to stick to a strong oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Plus attending all of your dental cleaning appointments! Because visiting your dentist regularly is incredibly important to monitor your gum and dental health. Doing all of this will keep your smile bright and healthy.


Can braces cause black triangles? 

The belief that black triangles are caused by orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, is false. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t cause black triangles; it simply exposes them. 

When your teeth are aligned, receding gums or lack of gum tissue between the teeth can expose these black triangles. 

If you visit a highly-qualified orthodontist, you do not have to fear gum loss or black triangles due to orthodontic treatment. Especially if that orthodontist is dual-trained in periodontics as well – like Dr. Matsumoto!

As with every treatment plan Dr. Matsumoto creates, the full harmony of your smile is considered – from your teeth, gum tissue, to your bone structures. If any periodontal problems are spotted during your first orthodontic exam or if any pop up during your treatment, Dr. Matumoto is equipped to address them and help balance the beauty of your smile. 


How do orthodontists get rid of black triangles between teeth?

If you notice a small triangle between your teeth, we can provide orthodontic treatment to close it! 

At Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics, Dr. Matsumoto can treat black triangles using Interproximal Reduction (IPR), braces, Brius, or Invisalign®.

  • Braces, brius, or Invisalign 

Dr. Matsumoto may recommend treatment with braces, brius, or Invisalign to reduce the appearance of black triangles. The treatment consists of applying gentle, consistent pressure to specific teeth to encourage movement toward healthy alignment – effectively eliminating black triangles between teeth! 

  • Interproximal Reduction (IPR) 

Interproximal Reduction is a technique performed by experienced 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 spaces your gum needs to fill between teeth. 


Let Dr. Matsumoto close your black triangles!

We understand the presence of black triangles can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. We want you to feel confident during and after your orthodontic treatment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! 

If you’re ready to begin your own journey, request your complimentary consultation with us at Porters Neck in Wilmington, NC, today. 

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