Side effects of Laser Teeth whitening

June 18, 2016
Laser Teeth Whitening Baybrook

In my experience, having performed hundreds of Zoom Whitening procedures, not once have I had a patient experience any permanent damage to the gums, the tooth structure, or other soft tissues.

You have indicated that your "front gums are white and sore", which is not unheard of immediately following the procedure. However, you have not indicated if these symptoms were examined immediately after whitening, shortly after, days after. My point is, that I would be more concerned if after a few weekends these symptoms persisted, otherwise, you're fine.

Best of luck,

James Asaf, DDS

Zoom! in office Whitening is completed on the teeth in an isolated field. Your dentist, I am sure, placed cheek retractors, gum protector dam, cotton rolls and cotton pads all for the purposes of protecting your gums lips and tongue.
However, everyone's salivary flow is different and for those that have a high volume of saliva it is possible that during the sessions some gel has seeped through the protector and onto your gums. This shows as white tissue and can burn and be mild to moderately painful. Vitamin E oil helps along with warm salt water rinsing 5-6 times during the first day.
I have never, in my experience, seen a case where Zoom gel caused any long term issue with the gums. I am sure it will return to normal within a day or so. However, If three days go by and the areas are still sore and white a visit back to your dentist is warranted!

  • Zoom itself causes no permanent damage in any way that I am aware. If the gums in that area turned very white and painful, it was from some of the bleach seeping under the blockout material. Sometimes saliva loosens the blockout, and bleach gets under. We usually recheck at each 15 minute interval, and reapply blockout if we suspect a loose seal anywhere.
  • If it's very uncomfortable, and you can apply aloe Vera gel frequently, and anything you take for a headache for the pain. Stay away from acidic foods. I have personally never seen permanent damage, but I guess sloppy blockout technique could result in a large area of burned gum tissue.
  • If it doesn't resolve in a few days, see a periodontal (gum) specialist.

Hello there...I am sorry to hear about your sore gum. It appears a little gel seeped under the protection. Good news - your gums are not damaged. They will heal within 48 hours. Massage the area with a super soft tooth brush or your finger. Rinse with warm salt water. In our office we offer 800mg Motrin at the end of the procedure too. Everyone's teeth and gums are different in their reaction to Zoom so this seems to take away any post-whitening discomfort.

Your gums are not damaged. They will heal in 48 hours. This occured because a little bit of the bleach that was used for the whitening procedure came in contact with your gums, but it is nothing severe. If you need to, you can take an over the counter painkiller to help alleve the pain.

Do not be alarmed. Your gums that have turned white from Zoom whitening will heal within 48 hours! The cause of this was that a small portion of the bleach made its way under the protective barrier placed over your gums. When this happened, it slightly irritates the gums. They will turn white first and then turn red before healing. This is a common occurrence and things will be fine in a couple of days.

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