If you’re tired of people staring at your gums and turning away, then you’re in luck! After years of trying to burn away the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) in our patient’s gums, dentists have finally found an easier alternative to get rid of those gummy dark spots. This new method can lighten your teeth naturally with no pain or downtime — perfect for anyone who wants whiter teeth but hates dental visits. Here’s how it works!
What Is BLEACHING?
Historically, bleaching was a common practice among dentists trying to get rid of gum pigmentation. Dentists would literally burn away an entire layer of the gum tissue in hopes of killing melanocytes, which produce pigment. This method has now been mostly phased out, as lasers have become more common and effective means to remove pigmentation (not to mention less harmful). However, not all dentists are up-to-date on these changes; make sure yours is when scheduling an appointment for gum bleaching.
How Does Bleaching Work?
Let’s say you wanted to lighten your gum tissue. You would have a cosmetic dentist apply a bleaching agent onto your gum tissue that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which reacts with water in your saliva and kills any remaining melanocytes in your tissue while also removing pigment. This is why dentists don’t think it’s healthy to use over-the-counter products that are applied directly to teeth — there isn’t enough moisture in our mouths for them to work effectively. If you want whiter gums, go see a dental professional instead!
Why Do Teeth Need To Be Whitened?
Many people are looking for a cheap way to get their teeth whiter at home. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a real do-it-yourself system. Since you can’t buy bleaching trays from Amazon and you can’t just pick up bleaching solutions at your local drugstore, you need to see a dentist in order to lighten your gums If you want professional results without paying professional prices, try having your dentist use an alternative bleaching method such as Zoom! lasers or hydrogen peroxide paste. Most dentists will be happy to provide these services (as opposed to traditional in-office bleaching sessions), but it never hurts to ask if they offer any other special services that would benefit your smile!
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How Can I Get My Teeth Whiter At Home?
Teeth bleaching is available in several forms, including strips, pastes, and trays. Unfortunately, these DIY methods aren’t very effective. If you really want to get your teeth whiter at home, you have to do it right—and that means going to your dentist. While bleaching services can be pricey, they are a bit of an investment when it comes to getting rid of dental discoloration. And there are plenty of options available (including whitening treatments that take less than 30 minutes) so you don’t necessarily need to go all-in with a veneer or crown.
What Causes Pigmented Gums?
Gum pigmentation is actually pretty common. In fact, there’s a decent chance you’ve experienced it yourself. When melanocytes produce too much melanin, it can show up as blotches on your gum tissue and create a discolored smile. (The same thing happens to people with naturally dark skin.) Certain things, like genetics and age, are beyond our control when it comes to pigmented gums. But there are things you can do to lighten your gums—and even prevent new spots from forming.
Are These Treatments Safe?
Before trying any treatment, you should ask your dentist if there are any side effects or risks. These treatments aren’t approved by the FDA, and some of them (like laser gum bleaching) hasn’t been proven to be safe or effective in clinical trials. If a treatment makes your gums sore or inflamed, stop it immediately and consult your dentist. Also, keep in mind that these lightning procedures can get expensive after multiple treatments—some of them can cost as much as $600 per session! This isn’t an easy way to whiten your teeth at home; however, our dentists will help you understand if one of these methods is right for you. They can also recommend other options if necessary.
What If I Have A Bad Breath After Bleaching?
If you have bad breath after gum bleaching, it could be a sign that you’ve burned your gums. It’s important to note that laser treatments are only effective for some cases of gum pigmentation — but if your breath smells bad after treatment, chances are you’ve done some damage. See your dentist immediately to check out your teeth and gums and determine what steps need to be taken moving forward. There may also be a chance that you’re reacting badly to an ingredient in your bleaching agent. Always consult with a professional before using any type of home-bleaching system on yourself or anyone else!