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Why do my teeth look translucent?

Have you ever taken a closer look at your teeth and wondered why the edges appear clear or translucent? Believe it or not, translucency at the edges of your teeth is actually quite normal!

Our teeth are made up of an outer layer that we can feel & touch known as enamel, which is not completely opaque. Underneath our enamel is a layer of dentin which does not completely extend to the edges of our teeth. Therefore, that void can appear clear or translucent. The level of translucency is dependent on your diet including the amount of acidic foods and drinks you consume and underlying health conditions like coeliac disease.

While the translucency is normal, there are some treatment options including:

  1. Composite Bonding – A treatment whereby the dentist will apply composite resin to your teeth to disguise the translucency
  2. Porcelain Veneers – A procedure whereby a layer of porcelain is placed over the affected tooth/teeth.
  3. Dental Crowns – A restorative treatment where the tooth has a cap placed over it which will completely capture your tooth. This will not only cover the translucent edges of your teeth but will cover the whole tooth.

Translucency of your teeth can be due to a number of reasons, if you are looking into having it treated, we recommend consulting with your dental professional about the best options for you. 

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