Gum brightening has been around since the dawn of time (at least as long as teeth have been bleaching). It is an archaic practice that uses lasers to try and remove the melanocytes (pigmentation) from gum tissue in hopes of restoring the natural tooth color underneath. The problem with this approach, however, is that it doesn’t work. In fact, it’s entirely too painful!
What is Bleaching?
Gum bleaching is a dental procedure in which the dentist removes a small amount of gum tissue, then attempts to lighten the color of the remaining gum tissue. This is done by burning off melanocytes with lasers or freezing them with liquid nitrogen. The pain can range from uncomfortable to excruciating.
Although this procedure may seem like an effective way to address concerns about gum pigmentation, it’s important to know that there are some risks involved with getting this type of treatment done.
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How Do You Bleach?
Bleaching teeth is actually fairly simple and can be done in a couple of different ways. One option is to apply hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and salt directly to the toothbrush bristles. This mixture is then brushed onto the tooth for about two minutes before being rinsed off. The other option is to use a whitening agent like Crest Whitestrips or Colgate Optic White. These treatments are applied for up to 20 minutes before being removed by brushing them away with water or spitting them out.
What Are The Benefits?
The benefits of gum bleaching are many, but the most important one is that it can reverse the effects of gum pigmentation. Gum brightening treatments have been proven to remove natural coloration in order to reveal a more youthful appearance. Treatment is quick, painless, and can be done in the office with little or no downtime. It can also prevent future stains from occurring as well as control plaque buildup. The other benefit of gum bleaching is that it’s an excellent way to whiten teeth at the same time, which is why we offer this service along with our cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
1) Gum brightening treatments have been proven to remove natural coloration in order to reveal a more youthful appearance.
But, thankfully, we have a better solution now! In the past decade or so, laser dentistry has been used to lighten up teeth. Dentists will use lasers to remove only one layer of enamel from your tooth in order to kill off the melanocytes cells which produce darker pigmentation. This procedure is much safer for your gums and tooth enamel because it doesn’t take off any tissue. If you want a whiter smile without the pain, give us a call.