Can Stained Teeth Run in Your Family

November 18, 2022

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Before and after teeth whiteningSociety views people with attractive smiles with youth, confidence, and success; however, not everyone has dazzling white teeth. Various factors contribute to their color, like your oral hygiene habits and the foods and drinks you consume. Smoking and drinking a lot of coffee aren’t the only things that influence their color. Genetics also plays a role. If a parent has darker teeth naturally, you’re more likely to have them as well. Not to mention, other hereditary factors can affect your pearly whites. Although you can’t change your DNA, you have several solutions to maintain a bright smile.

Genetics and Tooth Discoloration

Your teeth are often a similar shade of white as your close relatives, but 2 inherited conditions can cause genetic tooth discoloration:

  • Dentinogenesis Imperfecta: The hereditary condition causes defects in the enamel, which can lead to brittle teeth. However, it can also make your teeth appear darker as more of your yellowish dentin is visible through your enamel. 
  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta: Teeth can appear brown or yellow from soft or fragile enamel. People with the condition can also experience pitting or grooving, and teeth can chip or crack easily. 

Unfortunately, no amount of brushing or OTC whitening products can reveal a whiter smile. Instead, you’ll need the help of a professional to achieve the noticeable results you desire. 

Options to Treat Tooth Discoloration

Every situation is unique, so you’ll require a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to treat stained teeth. Depending on the cause of your discoloration, you might be a candidate for:

  • Teeth Whitening: A powerful whitening agent penetrates the enamel to resolve age-related and surface stains. Your teeth can become up to 8 shades whiter, with results that can last for several months or years with the right aftercare.
  • Dental Bonding: Composite resin is shaded to match your enamel to bend in with your tooth structure. It provides a quick fix for stains that won’t respond to whitening treatments.
  • Veneers: A veneer is a customized thin shell bonded to the front surface of a tooth to enhance its color, size, and shape. They can hide discoloration and other aesthetic flaws using a method that can last for a decade or longer.

Your dentist will help you make the best decision to refresh your smile and boost your self-esteem.

Keep Your Pearly Whites Bright

You can keep tooth discoloration at bay with a great oral hygiene routine at home and regular care from your dentist. It’s best to limit your contact with any stain-causing foods, drinks, or habits. You can’t change your genes, but you can achieve a dazzling smile you’ll be proud of with the help of your cosmetic dentist. 

About Dr. Erin M. Prach

Dr. Prach achieved her dental degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and has completed continuing advanced education in oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and sleep medicine. If you’re ready to achieve your best smile, contact our office today to request your consultation.

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