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Woman smiling and posing with her hands tucked under her chinWhen you look in the mirror, you may notice dark, triangular spaces in your smile that widen as your teeth meet the gumline. These “black triangles” are located between your teeth and can be caused by several different factors, including gum recession, differences in tooth shape, bone loss, or aggressive tooth brushing. No matter the cause of black triangles, they occur when the teeth and gums do not completely fill the space between the base of each tooth.

Also referred to as “open gingival embrasures,” black triangles can be corrected with esthetic restorations like composite (tooth-colored) veneers and porcelain veneers. Both of these treatments are minimally invasive and require little to no tooth preparation prior to veneer placement. Porcelain veneers, in particular, are thin shells placed over the fronts of your teeth to restore the correct height, width, and proportions. Once bonded to the affected teeth, they can mask black triangles and close any gaps in your smile. If you’re curious about how the results look after treatment, we invite you to view the outcomes of patients who previously exhibited black triangles between their teeth and now enjoy a full, healthy smile.

Black triangles can hold your smile back, but they can also be symptomatic of other dental concerns, such as gum disease or bone recession. Dr Clarence Tam and our team can help close black triangles while evaluating your teeth and gums to help ensure your dental health is in its best possible shape!

Don’t hesitate to contact Tam Dental Group if you’d like to schedule a visit or if you have any questions.