Are Yellow Teeth Genetic?

Written by Dr. Brian Harris

September 13, 2023

Many of you out there may be wondering why, despite your best efforts, your teeth aren't as pearly white as you'd like, inevitably asking the question, ‘Are yellow teeth genetic?'.

The truth is that genetics can play an unusual role in determining the color of your teeth. Just as you might inherit traits like eye color or height from your parents, the shade of your teeth can also be a family legacy.

In this guide, we'll explore the causes and impact of genetics on your teeth and introduce you to our best at-home whitening products to combat those genetic yellow tints and unveil a brighter, healthier smile.

Dive in to discover how!

What this article covers:

How Do Genetics Affect the Color of Your Teeth?

Is it normal to have yellow teeth? In this instance, having yellow teeth can be both normal and abnormal simultaneously. Could it be that the color of your teeth is something you inherit, just like your eye color or height? The answer is yes; genetics can affect the color of your teeth.

Just like you can inherit your dad's nose or your mom's curly hair, you can also inherit the natural color of their teeth, which might be yellower than you'd care to admit out loud.

You see, in the constant yellow teeth are stronger than white teeth discussion, you'll find that your teeth are made up of two layers: the outer layer, called enamel, which is typically white, and the inner layer, called dentin, which is naturally yellow.

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Our investigation demonstrated that your genes determine the thickness and translucency of your enamel, which can affect how noticeable the yellow dentin is beneath. So, if you have thinner or more translucent enamel, the yellow dentin shows through more, giving your teeth a yellowish appearance.

That's why we recommend using our SNOW tooth whitening foam. After putting it to the test, we found that its dual ingredients, hydroxyapatite and arginine, effectively remineralize tooth enamel, offering a quick and easy solution for maintaining your yellow teeth.

Genetic Conditions That Cause Discoloration

Here are five common genetic conditions that can lead to tooth discoloration:

Amelogenesis Imperfecta

This is a rare inherited disorder where there's an absence or deficiency in the enamel formation. Amelogenesis imperfecta is occasionally caused by a vitamin deficiency, (which can make you wonder, ‘Can lack of calcium cause yellow teeth?') leading to discolored (yellow, brown, or gray) and often fragile teeth.

Dentinogenesis Imperfecta

Dentinogenesis imperfecta is another hereditary condition that affects the dentin. As a result, your teeth might appear blue-gray or yellow-brown and become more prone to wear and breakage.

Enamel Hypoplasia

Our research indicates that due to a deficiency in enamel formation, your teeth might have pits or grooves that are more susceptible to stains and decay, known as enamel hypoplasia.

Tetracycline Staining

While not a genetic condition per se, if a mother takes tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of pregnancy or while breastfeeding, it can lead to tooth discoloration known as tetracycline staining in her child.


Fluorosis can result from excessive fluoride intake during your early tooth development, which is susceptible to genetic sensitivity. This condition results in your teeth having white streaks or spots, and in severe cases, brown discolorations.

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You can't go wrong with using our toothpaste for whitening teeth to tackle fluorosis stains. It's fluoride and sulfate-free, taking leaps and bounds to whiten your teeth and protect against tooth sensitivity.

Understanding the genetic basis of tooth discoloration can help you find appropriate treatments and preventive measures.

How to Treat Stained Teeth

If you aren't a fan of your inherited tooth discoloration and want to know how to get rid of yellow spots on teeth, SNOW's professional level whitening products have got you covered. Let's explore some solutions together!

Practice Regular Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing daily are the foundational steps to maintaining a healthy smile. Using the right tools can make a significant difference.

The whitening toothbrush electric device from SNOW not only cleans but also offers blue LED light for whitening support. Pair it with our whitening tooth powder, which is specially formulated to tackle stains and is gentle on tooth enamel.

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Change Your Dietary Habits

Consuming stain-causing foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine can exacerbate teeth discoloration. Consider reducing their intake, and rinse your mouth with our refreshing whitening mouthwash or brush your teeth after consuming them to minimize their staining effect.

Use Teeth Whitening Products

At SNOW, we have even more intensive whitening solutions to help you combat yellow teeth genetics, such as our whitening teeth strips and home teeth whitening kit.

Our strips are easy to use and designed to deliver optimal whitening results without causing sensitivity. After trying out this product, we can confidently say it's a game-changer. It can help combat years of stains left by your daily habits and give you a brighter, whiter smile.

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As a comprehensive solution, our at-home whitening kit is designed to provide a professional-level whitening and cleaning experience from the comfort of your home.

By incorporating these steps and products into your daily routine, you can effectively combat and treat yellow teeth stains caused by genetics.


While yellow teeth can be genetic, much like the eyes and nose you got from your parents, your DNA no longer needs to define the way your teeth look and how you feel about them.

With the help of our advanced whitening teeth products, you can combat genetic factors contributing to your yellow teeth.

So, if you're looking to turn that genetic frown upside down once and for all, why not invest in the SNOW difference? Try out our whitening products today and get the glittering smile you're proud to share! 

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