Few things are as striking as the glowing smile caused by gorgeous white teeth. If your pearly whites are more of a pearly off-white or even translucent, don’t lose hope. With advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, our patients can have the bright, white smiles they want even if their natural teeth aren’t quite at the level they want. Today, we want to talk about discolored teeth and how we treat them at Edgewater Dental Arts.
How Do Teeth Get Their Color?
Teeth get their color both from enamel (the protective outer coating) and dentin (inner material with a yellowish tint). When enamel is damaged, your teeth may lose some of their natural whiteness. They may appear more yellow due to dentin, or they may appear translucent if enamel wears away.
What Causes Translucent Teeth?
Multiple factors can cause enamel to erode and lead to translucent teeth. For one, teeth do best in a pH environment of 7.0 or higher. If there is a lower pH in your mouth due to poor oral hygiene or a diet high in acidic foods, this can lead to premature enamel erosion. A condition called Enamel Hypoplasia creates weak, chalky enamel that is easily eroded, resulting in translucent teeth.
How Can You Restore Translucent Teeth?
The treatments for translucent teeth vary depending on your oral health and the severity of the condition. The three most common treatments are bonding (applying a resin to teeth), dental veneers (thin, wafer-like shells that fit over teeth), or dental crowns (a protective structure that fits over the tooth to strengthen and protect it).
With good oral hygiene and a healthy diet, you can limit enamel damage and preserve the appearance of your pearly whites. To ask our team any questions about translucent teeth or to schedule your next visit, call our office today!