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Gum Bleaching


A beautiful smile is important to many people. We can go a long way with the right care and a bit of luck. To make teeth look even better, whitening is sometimes a good addition. At Virginia Dental Care, we offer you a safe and effective method to whiten your teeth. When we talk about teeth whitening, one of the most common queries in our clinic is whether this treatment can affect the health of the gums.A professional whitening does not damage the gums, but you must be careful with home treatments because they do not have elements to protect this part of your mouth.If you wish to whiten your teeth and achieve an attractive smile, do not hesitate to contact us. We use pH-neutral products that have no corrosive effect. These are used in bleaching molds that are personally made for you and therefore have a good fit. 

What causes teeth to discolor?

If dyes from foodstuffs and stimulants enter the tooth, the teeth look darker. This happens, among other things, by smoking and by eating and drinking coffee, tea, wine, soft drinks, fruit juice, or other foods containing dyes. With age, cracks can appear in the enamel. As a result, dyes from food and drinks penetrate even more easily into the tooth. The old-fashioned amalgam filling can also cause discoloration.

Tartar deposits and discoloration can also darken the teeth. These discolorations are also caused by coffee, tea, wine, and smoking. Furthermore, some oral care products containing tin and chlorhexidine can cause discolorations. Ask your dental care professional. A dentist or dental hygienist can get rid of deposits with a professional dental cleaning. Bleaching is not the solution to this.Dead teeth (usually due to a fall or blow) can discolor from the inside. This can also happen after a root canal treatment.

Get a Sparkling Smile with our Gum Bleaching Process

In preparation for your procedure, our dentist will first check your gums to make sure they’re healthy enough for depigmentation. Patients with advanced gum disease may need to treat their infection before bleaching. Our gum bleaching procedure is nearly painless, some sensitivity may follow your laser gum depigmentation, which is remedied by using over-the-counter medicaments and avoiding salty and/or acidic foods. Many patients return to work directly after the procedure.

1. Teeth Polishing

The treatment starts with polishing your teeth. We will remove the first deposit. After that, your gums are protected with a silicone gel.

2. Shielding Gum

The protective silicone layer is hardened with a special lamp. This way, there is enough insulation for the whitening gel not to damage your gums.

3. Whitening Gel

A special gel is applied to your teeth to irradiate them for 20 minutes. This contains a base of peroxide. If used expertly, it's safe for your teeth.

4. Laser Beam

A laser beam speeds up the bleaching process. It doesn't emit heat that might hurt teeth. So make sure your gum bleaching process is risk-free.

How are the gums protected?

What causes discomfort in our gums is the peroxide solution, both in the administration of the product in the mouth itself and if they are not sufficiently protected in the application of light to accelerate whitening since it can generate both thermal and chemical burns.
Protecting the white tissues is basic. For this, our dentist uses a paste that covers the gums and isolates them from the treatment. Even so, it is recommended to start teeth whitening with healthy gums.

What does teeth whitening consist of?

Dental whitening involves applying various chemical products to lighten the teeth or remove
stains from some dental pieces.
The effect of these chemicals is to change the molecular configuration of the stains. This makes
those with darker appearances disappear, making our smiles ugly.
Whether the proposed solution will be external or internal depends on the stain’s origin, and
perhaps before the treatment, your dentist recommends another.

Is teeth whitening painful?

No, teeth whitening is not painful. Usually, it does not have any side effects, and at most, you
may notice dental sensitivity in the change of temperatures, discomfort in the gums and sore throat. These are symptoms that should disappear within a few hours of treatment.Showing off a whiter, more attractive and healthier smile is possible. This is a painless, effective treatment that our clients widely accept. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our dental clinic in the Virginia if you want us to clarify any doubts or if you want to have one done.