Why Are Your Teeth Transparent Around The Edges?

Why Are Your Teeth Transparent Around The Edges?
23 October 2017

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If you notice that your teeth are transparent around the edges, you may have worn out enamel. With a comprehensive dental examination, your dentist will be able to come up with a treatment plan for this issue.

What causes your teeth to appear translucent at the borders?

There are many reasons that your teeth can become transparent, and all lead back to the enamel. Tooth enamel is the hard, white substance that covers the outer layer of each tooth. Enamel is composed of different minerals and works hard to protect your teeth from environmental factors, food and drink. However, when the enamel wears down or erodes, it thins and makes your teeth look transparent around the edges.

Some causes of tooth enamel erosion are:

  • Smoking
  • Acid in certain beverages/food (soda, coffee, sugary foods)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (extreme acid reflux)
  • Celiac disease

What options are available to treat the loss of tooth enamel?

After your dental examination, your dentist will discuss the treatment options available to correct the transparency at the edges of your teeth. Depending on the severity of the translucency, bonding or veneers may prove to be the best option. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached permanently to the front surfaces of the teeth. On the other hand, bonding requires applying a composite resin directly to the teeth. This resin is then molded to your mouth’s shape, hardened and polished. In addition, your dentist will tell you to reduce your consumption of food and beverages that are high in acid and request that you try smoking cessation (if those are the culprits causing your enamel to thin).

If you notice that your teeth are transparent around the edges, please contact Discovery Dental at 289-624-1809 or request an appointment online for a dental digital x-ray. We can help improve your oral health.

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