Soulja Boy’s former dentist has addressed pictures of the rapper’s teeth after recent dental work. Dr. Catrise Austin said the artist visited her in the early 2000s at her New York office, and she said “his teeth were not as dark and chipped as they are in this photo.”
“The #1 question that I’ve gotten is … if these are his teeth, how did they get so dark and chipped?” the dentist told AllHipHop.
Austin suspects that Soulja Boy may have avoided going to the dentist for a while.
“First, it appears that it had been a while since he had seen a dentist for a professional teeth cleaning,” she said, according to AllHipHop. “But during the pandemic, many people didn’t make it for their six-month check-up and cleaning. He could’ve also removed the stains and plaque off his teeth a bit better at home with brushing with an electric toothbrush, flossing and by using the right type of home teeth whitening products for everyday maintenance.”
According to the dentist, the rapper may have ruined his teeth because of common oral habits such as “smoking, drinking or eating foods that stain, wearing grills, teeth grinding, or misusing his teeth to open/crack things.”
“Another reason for the severe darkness could be cavities,” Austin said. “The teeth were dead or dying due to nerve damage, or taking certain antibiotics that stain, like tetracycline. When you have severe discolorations like Soulja, teeth whitening alone usually isn’t enough.”
As Blavity previously reported, Soulja Boy went viral Monday when a Twitter user shared a before and after photo of the rapper’s teeth. People wondered how his teeth became so bad. But the rapper may have learned his lesson after dentists revived his teeth.
“You need to upgrade to either porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of porcelain that just goes over the front of the teeth like a contact lens, or upgrade to a porcelain crown which is thicker and can hide almost any color,” Austin said. “With a dental consult and X-rays, a cosmetic dentist can tell you which is best to improve your smile like Soulja!”