Understandably, we get a lot of questions about the gel we use and the side effects involved with using your teeth whitening product. Itw has always considered common side effects with teeth whitening and we have done what we can to minimise these side effects i.e. custom trays to keep the gel focused on your teeth and not your gums, a premium gel with a safe amount of hydrogen peroxide etc. In the window today, we are taking a closer look at gum irritation - what causes it, what to do if you have it, tips to hopefully avoid it.
What we have discovered after doing some research is that gum irritation or burnt gums doesn’t discriminate, people who have been to the dentist and paid hundreds for the service or people who have used an LED at home kit have all had bad experiences with burnt gums. What we do know? That the likelihood of burning your gums is increased by the amount the whitening gel is exposed to the gums and the amount of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (the active ingredients in teeth whitening that cleans and brightens the teeth).
The burn that is experienced from teeth grinding is very similar to a burn you would get from the sun. Typically your gums will sting and burn but pain should be reduced once the gel has been removed from the affected area. After this it’s likely that the burn will go white until peeling off, this can take less than 24 hours or up to several weeks depending on the severity.
Getting burnt gums is not something anyone wants to experience ever, let alone when they are whitening their teeth. So what are some steps and precautions you can take to avoid the risk of burnt gums?! We’ve discussed some below:
Make sure you keep the whitening gel away from your gums and on your teeth as much as possible. This can be pretty tricky if you don’t have a pair of custom whitening trays but still try your best. Some general tips to help avoid excess gel on the gums include not over using the gel (if you have snuggly fit whitening trays using heaps of gel isn’t going to get you better results it will just seap out of the tray and you will experience a not so nice taste in your mouth)! Following on from this, if you do happen to put too much gel into the trays or you notice some seeping out make sure to wipe it away with a paper towel as soon as possible. Also be tactical about the area that you are placing the gel, try to aim it at the front of the trays in the middle to hopefully keep the gel as far away from your gums!
Unfortunately some people particularly those with sensitive skin or sensitive mouths are more likely to experience gum burn whilst whitening. Whilst we take every caution to minimise gum irritation we wanted to provide you with some information to help in case you do experience this yourself.