Your gums are an important component of your smile. While pinkish and light shaded gums considerably improve your facial esthetics, dark and blackish gums can ruin your smile and looks.So, what can be done to lighten the shade of your gums? the solution to your esthetic problem lies in laser gum bleaching.
What is Laser Gum Bleaching?
Laser gum bleaching is a cosmetic procedure in which the dark color of gums is reduced with the help of a potent bleaching agent. Usually, a single sitting of a gum bleaching procedure is sufficient to produce the desired results. However, multiple visits may also be required in some cases.
How is Laser Gum Bleaching Performed?
First, your dentist will topically apply an anesthetic over your gums to reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure. A light activated bleaching agent, usually carbamide peroxide is applied onto the teeth to start the bleaching procedure. Polymerization of the bleaching agent is initiated by exposing it to a visible light source. As soon as the polymerization of the bleaching agent is initiated, it dissociates into hydrogen peroxide, which is responsible for reducing the dark shade of the gums.
What is the Reason Behind Dark Shade of Gums?
There are several for the gums to have a dark, blackish shade:
· Genetics – this is the most common reason for having dark gums. Some ethnic groups like Africans, Arabs and Asians have a higher tendency for having dark gums than others.
· Smoking – smoking results in the release of melatonin in the gums, which results in their darkening.
· Medications – certain medications can also darken the shade of the gums.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Gum Bleaching?
An ideal candidate for gum bleaching must have perfectly healthy teeth and gums. you cannot undergo laser gum bleaching if you have inflamed, red gums. Your dentist will first treat the underlying gum problem and then proceed with gum bleaching. If gum bleaching is carried in the presence of gingival problems, it can result aggravation of the condition and may cause sensitivity as well.