Everyone wants a beautiful, sparkling white smile. Unfortunately, some people will never be able to achieve that natural brightness no matter how much they brush and floss. They might simply have naturally gray teeth, while others may notice their smile gradually turning gray over time. In some cases, only a single tooth will turn gray! Why does this happen? Read on to learn what causes gray teeth and how your dentist can help.
What Causes Gray Teeth?
There are several possible causes for gray teeth, including:
Contrary to popular belief, smiles aren’t supposed to be naturally white. Teeth come in a wide range of colors and shades, meaning a healthy grin doesn’t necessarily have to be bright. Dentinogenesis imperfecta is a rare genetic condition that affects the tooth structure and appearance. It causes the enamel to appear blue-gray or yellow-brown and even makes teeth weaker than average.
The materials used for fillings and crowns can also create the appearance of gray teeth. Dental amalgam (silver-colored fillings) and glass ionomer, acrylic, porcelain, and metal crowns can look blue-gray at the tooth’s surface. It’s the result of the metallic color showing through translucent enamel or a porcelain surface.
Have you noticed that only one or two teeth have turned gray? It could be because the teeth have died. At the center of each tooth are living pulp and nerves, meaning trauma or infection can damage and kill them. If you think that’s what caused your teeth to change color, contact your dentist right away for treatment. Time is of the essence, and they can save your tooth if with one or more procedures.
This antibiotic is the most probable cause for children under eight years old, causing underdeveloped teeth to turn gray. It can also occur if the mother to tetracycline during pregnancy.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Are you unhappy with the color of your smile? Don’t worry – here’s what your dentist can do to improve the appearance of gray teeth:
- Teeth Whitening – Although professional whitening treatments often work best on yellowed teeth, they can still significantly improve the appearance of gray teeth. However, your results will depend heavily on the underlying cause and how dark your smile is.
- Porcelain Veneers – If your teeth are a deep gray color, porcelain veneers might be the better solution for your grin. The thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, hiding any discoloration from view.
Don’t let the color of your teeth prevent you from smiling. Ask your dentist about their solutions for restoring your pearly whites so you can beam with confidence once again!
About the Practice
At Flenniken Family Dentistry, we provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art, comfortable dental care that’s guaranteed to leave you smiling. Our team goes above and beyond to give patients the service they deserve. If you’re unhappy with your gray teeth, we offer several cosmetic services to help you achieve your dream grin. Visit our website or call (717) 249-7777 to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.