Is Genetics the Reason For My Stained Teeth?

September 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmcdougal @ 11:28 pm
male with stained teeth

You’ve tried everything – store-bought whitening kits, specialized toothpaste, and even popular trends (that may not even be healthy for your teeth such as activated charcoal) – to rid your smile of unsightly stains. Unfortunately, the discoloration remains, leaving you to wonder what the cause might be and if there is anything that can help. Before you throw in the towel on brightening your smile, find out whether genetics might be the reason for your stained teeth and how a cosmetic dentist can help.

Can Genetics Be the Reason For Your Stained Teeth?

The short answer is yes, genetics can be the cause of stained teeth. This can be unfortunate news for someone who is trying diligently to rid their teeth of any discoloration. But the truth is that for some individuals, it takes more than store-bought kits to do the trick.

When it comes to genetics, there are two types that can cause tooth discoloration: dentinogenesis imperfecta and amelogenesis imperfecta. The former results in teeth that appear gray, brittle, or even transparent. The latter causes a yellowish-brown color and soft enamel. These teeth are more prone to breaking and chipping.

While some families are born with stronger, whiter tooth enamel, others may lack the brightness that is desired from a person’s smile, and instead, they might possess a more transparent tooth color. Depending on the severity of the stains, they may be intrinsic (internal or beyond the enamel) or extrinsic (on the surface).

How Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help with Professional Whitening

Although you’ve tried an array of treatment options to rid your smile of stains, you may not have considered the possibility of success with professional teeth whitening. Seeing a skilled cosmetic dentist who is knowledgeable and capable of performing this type of treatment is one of the most effective ways to target intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration.

The first step you should plan to take is to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Richardson. From there, they will evaluate the severity and depth of your staining to determine if teeth whitening is right for you.

Once it is decided that you are a candidate for treatment, your dentist will recommend either in-house or take-home whitening to help you achieve noticeable results. Because of the products used, the professional-grade bleaching gel penetrates the outermost layer of your teeth, working to target and eliminate intrinsic stains at the source. Over time, you will notice a dramatic difference in the brightness of your smile, allowing you to feel more confident in your appearance again.

Don’t let your genes be the reason you’re unhappy with your smile. Talk to your cosmetic dentist today about what you can do to get rid of the stains and start enjoying a brighter, more beautiful aesthetic.

About the Practice
At McDougal and Richards Dentistry, we want you to enjoy healthy teeth. This is why we offer professional teeth whitening services. Designed to improve the health and aesthetics of your smile, these treatments can help to create a more beautiful appearance without sacrificing the health of a person’s smile. If you are looking to talk to someone about the state of your teeth, contact us at (972) 231-5376.

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