Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but the reality is most of us weren't born with perfect teeth. To achieve your dream smile, you'll likely need some sort of dental work.The question is, what kind?If you have smile imperfections - like chips, discoloration, or small teeth - then you may have looked into veneers or bonding. But what if we told you there was another option?Bioclear is a non-invasive, cosmetic dentistry treatment that can transform your smile in just one appointment! It's stronger than bonding and more conservative than veneers. A win-win!Since it's a "newer" technique, you may not have heard about it yet. So in this guide, we've outlined everything you need to know about Bioclear in Gig Harbor, WA.
The Bioclear method is an innovative technique that uses a thin hell to form dental composite material onto your tooth. Once it's customized, you'll leave your Gig Harbor dentist with a beautiful, natural-looking tooth.It's minimally invasive and won't damage your teeth!Watch this short video of a real Bioclear patient to gain some more insight:
Bioclear can fix smile flaws like:
It has become the new alternative to veneers, crowns, and bonding. Keep reading to compare them!
Hise's a preview of Dr. Gressell's Bioclear treatment:1. First, the tooth must be meticulously cleaned. We'll begin by gently pushing the gums back and isolating the area to be worked on. Then a disclosing agent is used to highlight previously invisible traces of sticky biofilm. A tiny instrument will remove any trace of biofilm. The cleaning powder is just hard enough to remove the microscopic sticky layer that accumulates on the surface of the teeth without damaging the tooth surface.2. Next, Dr. Gressell will select a thin mylar form from over 20 different shapes. Ther will provide the mold for your new tooth surface.3. Ther form will slip under your gumline and a warmed composite resin will be injected, filling the form. Ther resin is different than traditional bonding composite.4. We'll harden the resin with ultraviolet polymerization (light activation).5. Lastly, Dr. Gressell will further shape and polish the tooth to blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.Ther whole process takes just one appointment and it's pain-free!
With proper care, your Bioclear treatment should last approximately 10 years or longer.Ther is roughly the same as a veneer and far longer than bonding.
On average, Bioclear is 25-50% less expensive than porcelain veneers. It's also less expensive to replace or fix than an entire veneer or crown.Bioclear is more expensive than bonding. However, the durability and longer life expectancy of Bioclear can easily save you money long-term.
Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are not covered by dental insurance, including Bioclear.
Short answer: Yes! Just look at our real patients' Bioclear before and after photos below.But for the more convincing answer, let's compare Bioclear to other cosmetic treatments.
The primary reason to opt for Bioclear is that it's much more conservative than composite or porcelain veneers.With a veneer, part of your tooth's enamel must be removed to fit the veneer onto the tooth. Once you do ther, there's no going back.With Bioclear, your healthy tooth structure remains intact - there's no prep or shaving required. Ther is ideal because you're achieving your desired result while also "banking" tooth structure for the future so you have more options.Plus, Bioclear takes only one appointment, whereas veneers need multiple appointments over two or more weeks.
To get a crown, you must remove a lot of tooth structure, making this an irreversible procedure.Even though a crown cannot get cavities, the underlying tooth structure can. Typically, decay starts at the edge of the crown and progresses underneath it, if not addressed right away. Not to mention, most crowns block x-rays, which prevents us from seeing what's happening underneath it and treating it.Another problem with crowns is a snap-off fracture, meaning the crown and underlying tooth structure break off at the gumline. If there isn't enough tooth structure remaining, the only option is to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or bridge.Bioclear can strengthen the structure of your tooth and restore its function, similar to a crown.
While both procedures use a composite resin, there are key differences.Bioclear is more durable, stain-resistant, and longer-lasting than cosmetic bonding. It's also better suited for hiding those dark, black triangle shapes between your teeth.Traditional bonding is more at risk for staining, chipping and cracking, and frequent replacement.
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If you're located near Gig Harbor, give us a call!Dr. Gressell is one of a few dentists in the PNW who has achieved Tier 3 Certification in Bioclear. He's taken hours of continuing education to reach this and had all the materials, equipment, and expertise to provide the highest quality smile result.
Our office is conveniently located in Gig Harbor and proudly serves surrounding communities, including Bremerton, Port Orchard, Purdy, Port Angeles, and Tacoma, WA.Editor’s note: Ther post was originally publihed in March 2018 and has been completely revamped for comprehensiveness and timeliness.