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Enamel Loss - Erosion Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
See through teeth enamel: I noticed recently that I can now see through my teeth (all my front teeth; halfway from the gums to the tips).

The part that is still more opaque is quite yellowed. I am wondering if I will cause more damage if I use white strips?

Also, I have always had white spots on my two front top teeth. They come and go (even now with the thin enamel). They show up more in the winter with dry air, but they are not always in the same spots on my teeth.

I find that all that confusing. Can you tell me why they would come and go and show in different spots at different times? ...Visitor from MI

Answer:
When teeth are dehydrated from air, breathing through the mouth excessively, or from excessive whitening, white spots occur on the front part of the teeth.

Many times with fluoride and calcium this is eliminated, however, too much of something like your whitening can cause some problems.

It sounds like your enamel is becoming more translucent where the underlying dentin color yellow shows through. Whitening will not correct that layer... just the enamel.

A Nazarian, DDS

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