Can Teeth Whitening Damage Gums?

Teeth Whitening

This is a question we get from many of our patients interested in teeth whitening. The truth is, if your treatment is done correctly with properly fitting whitening trays, you should not have to worry about any damage or problems with your gums. However, it is not uncommon for people to experience irritation if they use trays that are not custom-fitted to their teeth. Fortunately, any problems that may occur are typically minor and fade within a day.

Since our in-office treatments at Austin Dental Spa use stronger whitening systems, our dentists also shield the gums before the whitening process begins. By doing this, you can avoid getting a chemical burn from the bleaching agent sitting on your gums for too long. These burns cause the gum tissue to appear white, and although uncomfortable, bleach-induced burns typically heal within a short period of time.

If you are given take-home trays to use, your dentist will confirm they fit properly to avoid any problems as you whiten your teeth on your own time. We will instruct you on how to use the at-home trays to help you protect your gums from any irritation.
When you come in for your appointment, we encourage you to ask any questions you may have so our team can help you feel comfortable with the process and know what to expect.