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What Causes Teeth to Become Transparent?

Teeth that are translucent or transparent show enamel thinning. When this happens, the bottom edges of the teeth that you use to bite food may appear clear or see-through. Complications including discolouration and chipping may result from this. 

Your teeth are protected by an enamel coating. But, some medical disorders as well as the foods and beverages you ingest could cause enamel to gradually deteriorate. Your teeth may appear transparent as the enamel thins. 

Without treatment, dental enamel erosion may extend across the damaged teeth, giving them a thin, transparent appearance. Damage to teeth occurs when the protective enamel coating is lost. The purpose of repairing translucent teeth is to aid you in halting additional erosion because enamel loss is permanent. This is why it’s crucial to consult your dentist as soon as you notice tooth transparency.

What are the causes?

Acidic foods and beverages

One symptom of enamel erosion, which is brought on by acidic foods and beverages, is transparent teeth. Regularly consuming very acidic foods and beverages may hasten the erosive process that results in translucent teeth. Citrus fruits, coffee, fizzy drinks and sweets are some examples of acidic food and drinks.

Enamel hypoplasia

This genetic disorder results in a lack of mineralisation, which is essential for producing tooth enamel. You can have clear teeth and very thin tooth enamel if you have this illness.

Celiac disease

Following eating meals containing gluten, this autoimmune condition is characterised by intestinal damage. Many persons with this illness also have translucent teeth in addition to gastrointestinal symptoms including bloating and diarrhoea.

Acid reflux

Enamel on teeth may erode when stomach acid is exposed frequently. Acid reflux can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease if it is not addressed, that can result in more regular stomach acid regurgitation and subsequent harm to your tooth enamel.


Depending on the underlying cause of enamel erosion, good dental hygiene practises may help prevent your teeth from becoming translucent. For instance, it may be challenging to completely prevent translucent teeth in those with celiac disease and enamel hypoplasia. 

  • But, you might be able to stop acid erosion from leading to translucent teeth by:
  • if necessary, use a straw when drinking 
  • consuming extra water to make saliva thick 
  • after consuming or consuming acidic meals and beverages, rinsing your mouth with water
  • minimising the consumption of acidic drinks like coffee, soda and lemonade 
  • between-meal sugar-free gum chewing to promote saliva 
  • wait at least an hour after consuming an acidic food or drink before brushing your teeth
  • limiting meals high in sugar that can cause tooth decay 
  • If you have acid reflux, stay away from acidic foods and beverages

Your dentist will discuss your treatment options with you if tooth enamel erosion is detected. The severity of the enamel damage and whether the affected teeth have sustained any more damage will determine your treatment plan.

What Causes Teeth to Become Transparent?

Teeth that appear transparent are a precursor to enamel degradation. It’s preferable to solve this issue as soon as possible. To avoid more issues as these enamel losses are permanent, it’s vital to call your dentist. Ideally, during your six-month examinations, your dentist will be able to spot early indications of enamel erosion. 

So it’s crucial to monitor changes to your teeth at home between dental visits and to make an appointment as soon as you notice anything unusual.

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