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Revamping your smile by making it more radiant is exciting, and teeth whitening treatments are a fantastic way to turn your dreams into reality. Teeth whitening is generally a safe and effective procedure; however, there is a lingering risk of gum damage. But do not let this fear bar you from having a Hollywood smile! In this blog, we have detailed 5 ways you can prevent your gums from burning during a teeth whitening session!

What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that aims to get rid of stains and discoloration on your teeth enamel.
The products used are bleaching agents, typically containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These agents are put on your teeth with the help of professionally tailored teeth whitening trays to target stains and combat discoloration. Understanding the specific cause of your staining also helps you select the most effective whitening product. Whether your stains are from aging, coffee, or other sources, there’s a tailored solution to brighten your smile.

Protecting Your Gums From Teeth Whitening

Keep these practices in mind to save your gums from the wrath of whitening bleach:

  1. Use Desensitizing Gel
    To minimize the incidence of gum irritation from teeth whitening gel, consider using a desensitizing gel. While it would not shield your gums from the whitening solution, it will provide relief by minimizing the sensation of irritation.
    Desensitizing gels are quite handy when applied before the whitening treatment. This creates a protective barrier that reduces the likelihood of gum sensitivity. This preemptive measure enhances the overall teeth-whitening experience.
  2. Opt for a Milder Whitening Agent
    You can ask your dentist to provide you with a milder whitening solution that allows you to protect your gums while achieving gradual results over time. Such chemicals are not only gentler on your gums but also minimize the risk of tooth sensitivity. This approach is particularly beneficial if you are new to teeth whitening or have experienced gum sensitivity in the past.
  3. Practice Moderation with Whitening Gel
    Avoid putting excessive amounts of whitening gel in your trays. It does not matter what you are using- an at-home kit or custom trays from the dentist, using the recommended amount ensures effectiveness in minimizing the side effects.
  4. Adhere to Instructions
    For a safe teeth whitening journey (for maintenance), closely follow the provided instructions, especially when it comes to frequency of use. Overdoing it is a common pitfall that can lead to issues with both teeth and gums. If in doubt, seek professional advice.
  5. Keep Check of Time
    Avoid leaving whitening agents on your teeth for extended periods. Prolonged exposure increases the risk of the bleaching agent reaching your gums multifolds. Follow the recommended application time for a successful outcome.

Closing Note

While teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to achieve your dream smile, make use of these simple precautions to protect your gums. If you have more questions, contact Dr. Mussadiq Iftikhar, DDS, MSD, a Stallard Award winner at Sair Dental Group. Feel free to get in touch at 8410 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074 (832) 924-2666 and 10345 Club Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77036 (281) 558-1199.

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