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What Causes Translucent Teeth? Can Porcelain Veneers Fix Them?

October 7, 2018

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A set of healthy, attractive teeth can be a huge asset. Your confident smile can make you seem younger, more approachable, and more attractive. But what if your teeth aren’t quite the stunning feature that you wish they were? Many people struggle with cosmetic flaws in their smile, including teeth that are translucent around the edges. Let’s discuss what causes this problem and how you may be able to correct it with cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers in Maple Valley.

Causes of Translucent Teeth

Some health conditions, including Celiac disease, can cause the tooth enamel to develop improperly, which leads to a translucent appearance as well as bands or other discoloration across the teeth. Enamel hypoplasia, a condition that is related to genetics or environmental factors, can also affect the way the enamel develops and cause your teeth to look translucent.

Acid erosion is yet another leading cause of translucent teeth; the acid can thin the enamel and drastically affect its appearance. This problem may afflict you if you:

  • Drink large amounts of soda or other acidic beverages
  • Have a health condition that causes frequent vomiting
  • Consume too much sugar
  • Have a perpetually dry mouth

Preventing Translucent Teeth

While there may be little you can do about Celiac disease or enamel hypoplasia and their effects on your smile’s appearance, there are steps you can take to protect your teeth against acid erosion. You should:

  • Drink mostly water rather than soda or fruit juice.
  • Do your best to manage any health conditions that cause frequent vomiting.
  • Cut back on the amount of sugar you consume.
  • Stay hydrated and breathe through your nose in order to combat dry mouth.  If you don’t know why your mouth is often dry, you may need to consult a doctor.
  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene habits

Treating Translucent Teeth

Your dentist cannot reverse the translucency of your teeth. However, they can disguise the problem so you can enjoy all the benefits of a gorgeous, healthy-looking smile.

Cosmetic bonding is a relatively simple and affordable treatment wherein the dentist shapes a tooth-colored resin over the teeth and then hardens it with a special light. The result can be very natural-looking and last for a few years.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that your dentist attaches to the fronts of the teeth. They tend to be more durable than bonding (they can last up to 15 years), they’re resistant to stains, and it usually only takes two appointments to place them.

Are you tired of your translucent teeth? Visit your cosmetic dentist to learn more about the cause of the problem and how you can correct it.

About the Author

Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal earned his dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy before he returned to Washington state to serve the Kent and Maple Valley communities. His is an expert general and cosmetic dentist. If you would like to learn how he and the rest of the team at Four Corners Family Dentistry can address translucent teeth and improve your smile’s appearance, contact us at 425-413-8505.

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