Can Teeth Whitening Damage Gums?

teeth-whitening-gum-damageTeeth whitening can be a great way to give your smile a brighter appearance. With Zoom!® teeth whitening, you can achieve a smile that is up to eight shades lighter in about one hour. At Aesthetic Dental Care, we also offer at-home whitening kits that allow you to brighten your teeth more gradually until you reach your desired shade.

Both Zoom!® in-office teeth whitening and at-home kits use professional-grade whitening gel that is stronger than over-the-counter products yet still safe for your teeth. However, some patients may experience tooth or gum sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can typically be resolved by reducing the strength of the whitening gel applied to the teeth or by spacing out your whitening treatment sessions.

Gum irritation, on the other hand, is most commonly the result of wearing ill-fitting trays. Unlike over-the-counter trays, our teeth whitening trays are custom-made to fit your teeth and gums with maximum precision and comfort. In addition, the ingredients used in many over-the-counter whitening products can vary greatly and cause gum irritation. In most cases, the safest way to achieve a brighter smile is with professional whitening techniques under the supervision of your dentist.

To learn more about our professional teeth whitening options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.


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