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Translucent Teeth – Causes, Treatment & How To Fix It

Translucent Teeth - Causes, Treatment & Prevention

Are you noticing a sudden change in the appearance of your teeth, specifically a see-through or bluish tinge at the edges? You may be experiencing a condition known as translucent teeth.

Translucent teeth can be caused by various factors, some of which may be linked to your lifestyle habits. It’s important to identify the causes in order to make any necessary lifestyle changes to prevent further deterioration of your teeth.

It’s important to address this issue early on as your dentist can provide remedies to fix translucent teeth. However, if left untreated for too long, your natural teeth may not be able to be saved.

In this article, we will delve into all aspects of translucent teeth, including their causes, how to fix them, and ways to restore your teeth to their natural white sheen. From before and after comparisons, to at-home treatments and professional whitening options, we will cover it all. It’s important to note that if you have celiac disease, translucent teeth may be a symptom and it’s important to consult with your dentist or physician. Don’t let transparent teeth be a bad thing, take control of your oral health and fix your teeth today.

Key Takeaways

  • Translucent teeth may be an early sign of enamel erosion.
  • If translucent teeth are not treated early, it can lead to discolouration or fractures.
  • Reach out to your dentist immediately if you notice your teeth’ translucency.
  • Sometimes, your dentist will recommend home remedies to fix the translucent.

What Are Translucent Teeth?

Translucent teeth are teeth that appear to be see-through as light passes through them. Your teeth may appear translucent when the enamel has washed away in that area.

Your teeth are not meant to be translucent normally. Teeth translucency could lead to more serious oral health problems down the line, like discolouration or chipping. So, you must call your dentist as soon as you notice any sign of transparency.

Enamel loss is permanent and could warrant you to seek out tooth replacement options like dental implants. Translucent teeth can result in this, so it is best curbed early.

Causes Of Translucent Teeth

As earlier said, several factors could lead to your teeth losing enamel and consequently becoming translucent. Some of these causes are health conditions, while others are just everyday habits you pick up.

Enamel Hypoplasia

Enamel hypoplasia is a condition characterised by the thinning of tooth enamel which makes the teeth appear translucent. This defect happens mostly when the teeth develop but could also occur in permanent teeth.

Unlike most tissues in the body, enamel has no living cells, so it can not repair itself. Once the enamel has completely deteriorated, there is no coming back.

Translucent teeth caused by enamel hypoplasia

Acidic Food & Drinks

When everyday habits were mentioned, acidic foods and drinks were referred to. Soda, sports, and energy drinks are filled with ingredients that can amplify tooth erosion. This is because they contain a high amount of sugar and are acidic.

Sugary foods follow the same path as the sugar left on your teeth, promoting bacteria growth. These bacteria produce acid, which can detach your teeth’ enamel.

As much as you enjoy the taste of these drinks, it’s best to limit it. Even so, you should consume these drinks with a straw and rinse your mouth with water afterwards.

Acid Reflux

Frequent exposure to stomach acid can contribute immensely to tooth erosion and translucent teeth. This can occur if you have frequent heartburn, a symptom of acid reflux.

If you notice consistent acid reflux symptoms, reach out to your dentist, as the effect could even exceed teeth translucency.

Vomiting

Chronic conditions such as bulimia or alcoholism can make your teeth translucent. Even pregnancy-related morning sickness can affect your teeth and cause them to become translucent.

The vomiting is quite similar to acid reflux as it leads to thinning of the enamel which causes sensitive teeth.

Celiac Disease

This is a disease characterised by an immune reaction to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. Bloating and diarrhea are common symptoms associated with the condition; however, translucent teeth can also accompany it.

Dry Mouth

The saliva in your mouth buffers your teeth and clears out acid and plaque from your teeth. When this saliva is not present, it can amplify the translucency of your teeth. That is because a dry mouth leads to enamel erosion.

You can chew some sugar-free gum to increase saliva production and reduce the effects of a dry mouth.

Translucent Teeth Cause

Reason why it makes your teeth see through/transparent
Acid reflux Acid from the stomach can erode the enamel on teeth
Teeth grinding (bruxism) Grinding the teeth can cause the enamel to wear down over time
Dry mouth Saliva helps to neutralise acids in the mouth, so a lack of saliva can lead to enamel erosion
Acidic foods and drinks Consuming acidic foods and drinks, such as citrus fruits and soda, can lead to enamel erosion
Brushing too hard Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can cause enamel erosion
Age As people age, their enamel naturally becomes thinner, making it more prone to erosion
Genetic factors Some people may be more prone to enamel erosion due to genetics
Poor dental hygiene Not properly brushing and flossing can lead to an accumulation of bacteria and acid in the mouth
Medications Certain medications, such as aspirin and antibiotics, can cause dry mouth and increase the risk of enamel erosion
How to Prevent Translucent Teeth

Treatment Options For Transparent Teeth

You can try at-home options like switching your toothbrush for a soft one or reducing the sugar level in your diet. However, it’s best if you go to see your dentist, as they can pinpoint the root cause and fix your translucent teeth.

Bonding

Bonding is a method that is usually used for cosmetic resins, as your dentist will apply a material called composite resins to the affected area. It will form a protective layer across your teeth when it hardens.

Veneers

Dental veneers to fix transparent teeth

Veneers are a more sturdy alternative to bonding as they are protective shells that cover your teeth. The shells are typically made from porcelain and are shaped to fit your teeth and match the colour.

They can fit one tooth or an arch of teeth. They also work to protect your teeth from any further enamel erosion.

Treatment For Transparent Teeth

Description
Fluoride treatments Fluoride treatments can help to strengthen the enamel on the teeth and prevent further erosion. This can be in the form of toothpaste, mouthwash, or gels that are applied directly to the teeth.
Bonding Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to the affected teeth and hardening it with a special light. This can help to restore the appearance of the teeth and protect them from further damage.
Crowns If the enamel erosion is severe, a dentist may recommend placing a crown (a cap that covers the entire tooth) over the affected tooth. This can help to protect the tooth and restore its appearance.
Root canal In some cases, the nerve of the tooth may be exposed due to enamel erosion. In this case, a root canal may be necessary to remove the damaged nerve and protect the tooth from further damage.
Avoid acidic foods and drinks To prevent further enamel erosion, it is important to avoid acidic foods and drinks as much as possible. This includes citrus fruits, soda, and other acidic beverages. It is also important to rinse the mouth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks to help neutralize the acid.
Practice good dental hygiene Proper brushing and flossing can help to remove bacteria and plaque from the teeth and prevent enamel erosion. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste can also help to protect the enamel.

How To Prevent Translucent Teeth

You need to undergo good oral hygiene to prevent translucent teeth. Some conditions won’t allow the total prevention of transparency, but you can still do it to a good extent. 

Fluoride toothpaste can help strengthen your enamel, so it is key that you brush with it regularly, at least two times a day. Other than that, here are some tips to prevent translucent teeth.

  • Drink more water and chew sugar-free gum to boost saliva production.
  • To avoid exposing your teeth to your acid, drink out of a straw.
  • Reduce the number of acidic drinks and high-sugar foods you consume.
  • Make sure to rinse your mouth immediately after you consume an acidic drink.

How to Fix Translucent Teeth

As earlier stated, you may try out some home remedies to curb the transparency, especially when it is very mild. Talk with your dentist before carrying out these remedies.

  • Eat more foods that boost calcium levels in your body.
  • Use prescription fluoride treatments.
  • Increase your daily water intake.
  • Include a probiotic-rich product in your diet.
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When To See A Dentist?

You should seek assistance when you notice any of the following symptoms.

  • Toothaches
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Canker sores

faqs

How Do You Treat Translucent Teeth?

Your dentist may use methods like bonding, veneers or crowns to fix the translucency of your teeth.

Do Translucent Teeth Go Away?

If treated early, your dentist can fix translucent teeth, but it cannot be fixed if your enamel washes away completely.

How Can I Make My Teeth Thicker?

You can strengthen your teeth by taking less sugar, increasing the calcium level you take and brushing your teeth using fluoride toothpaste. 

How Can I Get My Enamel Back?

Once your enamel has worn out completely, there is no way to get it back.

Does Whitening Work On Translucent Teeth?

Whitening may not work on a translucent tooth as the whitening gel may have it look more translucent rather than whitened.

 

Written By: Dr Kent Tan
Edited By: Dr Zaheer Kadwa
Reviewed By: Dr Ealin Lee

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Dr Kent Tan is the top dental implant and cosmetic treatment expert. On average, he performs 500 to 1000 dental implants yearly, making him one of the most experienced dental implant surgeons in Perth, Western Australia.

Dr Kent is a certified Invisalign provider and has helped many patients achieve straighter teeth with a transparent braces system. In addition, he is skilled in performing a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening, dental veneers and bonding.

Dr Kent graduated from the University of Queensland and then went on to lecture in dental implants. He furthered his qualifications by graduating from the Master Clinician Programme in Implant Dentistry in Los Angeles, USA. This additional education allows him to provide his patients with the best possible care.

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