What is Gum Bleaching?

Gum pigmentation is caused by melanin which is a natural substance in our body. Melanin is what makes our skin a shade darker in the summertime, and can be found in freckles, sun spots and age spots. Some people have over-productive melanin in their gums, causing their gums to darken or have black spots.

Fortunately, for people who have dark or spotted gums, there is a procedure called gingival depigmentation (or simply ‘gum bleaching’) that removes the dark or spotted shades from the gum. There a many methods of gum bleaching that have developed tremendously over the years. One of the popular methods is the laser method.

The duration of the gum bleaching procedure depends on how far the individual’s smile goes from corner to corner of the mouth. It also depends on the lip mobility – how high the lip rises – when people smile. Some people have high lip lines while others have low lip lines. These factors have to be taken into consideration when determining how much of the black spots or darkness should be removed. The gum bleaching procedure takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes for one arch. Most people opt to only do the upper arch.

After any gum bleaching procedure, there will be some raw and redness of the gums, but it will heal up within four days and the result will be beautifully pink gums. If you experience some discomfort after the gums have healed, a simply painkiller such as Advil or Tylenol is all that is needed to relieve the unpleasantness. Most people who undergo gum depigmentation find that it is a very easy and straightforward procedure.

To learn more about gum bleaching to improve your appearance, boost your confidence and add to success in your personal life, contact a Dentist in Cape Town.

2 responses to “What is Gum Bleaching?”

  1. Eidanne says:

    I am interested in gum bleaching treatment. I would like to know more details and also how much it would cost.

    • Hi Eidanne. Thanks for your question. We are unable to share our prices online, according to the HPCSA guidelines. Please contact the practice directly and we will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a quote. You can contact us on +27 21 424 5172 or email info@jjteeth.co.za. We look forward to hearing from you!

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