Gum Bleaching in Phoenix, AZ

Gum depigmentation, gum bleaching, or gum whitening is a cosmetic procedure that improves the look of your gums to make them pinker and healthier looking.

You may have heard of teeth whitening, but have you heard of gum whitening, gum depigmentation, or gum bleaching? It sounds the same as teeth whitening but it’s very different. Patients might choose gum whitening if they have discoloration of their gums (dark patches), which they feel affects the aesthetics of their smile. Pigmentation on your gums doesn’t affect the health of your teeth or gums, but you might feel that it’s not the look that you want.

If you want to have pink gums that don’t have darker coloration, gum whitening is a safe and effective procedure with great resutls. It lightens the gums using a relatively quick process that produces permanent results.

Gum depigmentation/bleaching is a cosmetic procedure that has fantastic results in only one short visit to improve the look of your gums.

What Is Gum Bleaching (Gum Depigmentation/Whitening)?

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Gum whitening or gingival (gum) depigmentation is a cosmetic dental treatment that is designed to lighten dark spots on your gums. It targets dark and black spots to remove melanin, or the dark pigmentation, and make the gums a uniform shade of pink. Gum whitening or depigmentation can be carried out using a whitening solution and microdermabrasion or using the more modern method of laser treatment.

The laser treatment is fast and effective. The laser carefully removes the dark patches of your gum tissue creating a lighter look that lasts.

When the periodontist uses the microdermabrasion method, he applies a gel first and the cells containing more melanin are then gently buffed away. Both types of treatment are safe but but the laser treatment is most effective.

Why Might You Have Dark Gums?

Dark spots on your gums can appear for a number of reasons. Gums can become discolored due to poor oral health, particularly over a longer period of time. Personal habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco can also have an effect on the color of your gums. Smoking can also raise your risk of developing gum disease. Some people can find that they develop pigmentation on their gums due to certain medications that they take. Another factor is ethnicity, with people with darker skin are more likely to have darker spots on their gums.

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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

Gum whitening or gum bleaching may offer you some advantages if you want to improve the look of your smile. However, there are also some disadvantages and some things that might make you unsuitable for the treatment. Gum whitening can give you the pink gums that you want so that you can enjoy your smile more if you don’t currently like the way it looks. However, it’s also important to remember that it’s a purely cosmetic procedure.

Is Gum Depigmentation Right for You?

Gum whitening is not suitable for a number of patients. Those who have discoloration of their gums due to periodontal disease do not have a surface pigment problem and need to have the disease treated. If you have thin gums or prominent tooth roots, gum whitening is not suitable because it can cause ongoing sensitivity. It’s essential to have healthy gums before undergoing a gum whitening procedure. Schedule an appointment with us for an exam and consultation today.


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