Gum Bleaching: A Guide

patient smiling happily again after gum bleaching in NYC

Feeling self-conscious about your smile? Gum bleaching may be the answer. Today, we’d like to discuss what this procedure is, and where you can go to get gum bleaching in NYC. 

As always, our goal is to ensure you have a happy, healthy smile. 

patient needing gum bleaching in NYC

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Bleaching

What Causes Dark Gums? 

There are many reasons why your gums could be dark. These reasons include but are not limited to: 

  • Sun exposure 
  • Genetics 
  • Bruises 
  • Addison’s Disease 
  • Gum Infections 
  • Smoking 

Is It Normal to Have Dark Gums? 

Dark gums can be inherited. For this reason, gums that change color over time are more concerning than dark gums that you were born with. 

Am I a Candidate for Gum Bleaching? 

While gum bleaching is not medically necessary, it is useful for patients who are uncomfortable with the way their gums look. If you notice dark pigmentation in your gums, visit a dental practice. 

A dental professional can examine dark pigmentation for issues like oral cancer. Once they’re certain the pigmentation isn’t being caused by an underlying issue, they can help restore a healthier-looking color. 

There may be situations where gum bleaching isn’t the right solution for you. Patients with Addison’s disease, or patients suffering from a gum infection, may instead need to be treated with medication. 

How Does Gum Bleaching Work? 

Gum bleaching is a form of microdermabrasion. This is a minimally invasive procedure designed to improve pigmentation with the use of lasers

While local anesthesia may be required, this procedure only causes mild discomfort, and recovery time typically takes two weeks or less. 

You will be able to eat normally after the procedure. 

How Long Does Gum Bleaching Take? 

You should be able to see a difference as soon as you leave the office. That said, it can take two weeks before you’re fully able to see the results of gum depigmentation. 

Do I Need to Prepare for Gum Bleaching? 

Gum bleaching should only be performed on patients with healthy gums. If you have periodontitis, we may need to treat that before bleaching. 

Can I Bleach My Teeth and Gums at the Same Time? 

It’s important to note that gum bleaching is not the same procedure as teeth whitening. In fact, using teeth whitening products on your gums can lead to irritation and possibly even burnt gums

When done correctly, teeth whitening should not lead to permanent gum damage. That said, it can cause temporary irritation, which is why we recommend whitening your teeth and your gums at different times. 

How Long Does Gum Bleaching Last? 

Gum bleaching procedures have long-lasting effects, often up to 25 years, and sometimes more than that.  Some patients only need to have their gums bleached once in their lifetime. 

dentist checking patient's gums for gum bleaching in NYC

Looking for Gum Bleaching in NYC? 

Coliseum Dental has you covered. We’re a team of dentists located in the heart of Manhattan. We’re proud of our state-of-the-art facility, which has everything we need to ensure you get all the dental services you need. 

Have any questions you’d like to ask about our practice? Ready to book an appointment? Please reach out to us using the information on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!