There you are brushing your teeth one day, when you suddenly look in the mirror and notice that some areas of your teeth look lighter than the rest…maybe even light gray or transparent. Yikes! Your first reaction is probably to feel alarmed and wonder whether it’s a sign of a more serious issue. But it will put your mind to ease to learn that it’s relatively common to develop transparent teeth over time due to various factors. Also, there are easy steps you can take to prevent getting transparent teeth in Montville or restore your smile after the fact. Keep reading below to learn more!
What Causes Transparent Teeth?
The fundamental reason for transparent teeth is when the hard outer layer of the teeth (called enamel) becomes thinner. Here are some of the potential causes:
- Acidic foods and beverages – Examples include coffee, soda (even diet), citrus fruits, alcoholic beverages, pickles, and anything carbonated.
- Genetics – In some cases, genetics cause developmental abnormalities that lead to a thin or damaged enamel layer.
- Medical conditions (such as celiac disease)
- Stomach acid – If the teeth are exposed to stomach acid over a period of time (due to GERD, morning sickness, or bulimia), it will begin to wear away the enamel.
How Can You Prevent It?
Unfortunately, not all risk factors are under your control, but here’s what you can do about the ones that are to protect your enamel:
- Minimize acidic foods and beverages.
- Don’t brush immediately after consuming something sweet or acidic because your enamel is temporarily softened, which makes it more susceptible to toothbrush abrasion (enamel wear).
- Instead of brushing, chew sugar-free gum after consuming sweet things like cookies, soda, or candy to stimulate salivary flow, which is naturally protective. If you don’t have any gum, rinse your mouth out with plain water several times to wash away residual sugars that damage enamel.
- Swish with a fluoride (anti-cavity) mouthwash 1-3 times a day to strengthen and remineralize your enamel.
How Can You Treat Transparent Teeth?
Since everyone is unique and has individual needs, the first step for getting treatment options is to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in Montville.
The right treatment will depend on the location and severity of transparent areas. For mild or localized transparent areas, cosmetic bonding is usually a great choice. This involves using the same white filling material used to fill cavities on the back teeth to cover cosmetic flaws on the front teeth.
In more severe cases, a common recommendation is porcelain veneers. These strong, wafer-thin “shells” are adhered to the front of the teeth to completely mask any imperfections and give them a whole new appearance.
Regardless of which solution is right for you, you can feel good knowing that the appearance of your teeth will be restored to give you a beautiful smile you’ll love!
About the Author
Dr. Maggie Rana is a general, restorative and cosmetic dentist in Montville who knows how important it is for her patients to feel good about their smile. She provides a variety of cosmetic services to fit everyone’s needs and loves to see how simple cosmetic procedures increase her patients’ self-confidence. If you have transparent teeth and have additional questions, she can be contacted via her website or at (973) 633-5666.