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How Much Gum Bleaching Should I Do?

Gum pigmentation is caused by melanin and melanin is a natural substance in our body that we find in freckles, sun spots, age spots. It’s what makes us tan in the summertime. Unfortunately, some people have an overproduction of melanin in their gums. There are a lot of methods of gum bleaching, however, the preferred method in this office is to use a laser. Now, there’s a lot of different kinds of lasers, but we use a water lase. Now, a water lase is a laser that utilizes water, air, and laser energy to gently peel away the layers of the dark pigmentation. We love this method here in this office because there is zero discomfort during the procedure and minimal after. One of the main questions that patients ask is: How much gum bleaching should I do? Well, just like smile design, it depends on how far the smile goes from corner to corner of the mouth when a patient has full closure. It also is dependent upon lip mobility which means how high the lip rises when people smile and everybody is different. Some people have a low lip line, some people have a high lip line that is also a factor when we consider how much of the black or the brown to remove. Now, this gum bleaching procedure takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes for one arch. Most people opt to do just the upper arch. As I said before, there is some raw redness for the first four days to a week. However, that disappears quite rapidly and beautiful pink gums appear. Most patients only need Advil or Motrin or Tylenol for the first 24 to 48 hours and they feel great afterwards