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Does Gum Brightening Exist?

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Getting the smile you deserve

You’ve had dark spots on your gums for your entire life. Maybe it didn’t bother you when you were younger or maybe you’ve always disliked how they throw off the symmetry of your otherwise perfect smile. You’ve gotten to the point in your life where you’re ready to take the next step to brightening your smile and removing those black spots. The only problem? Your dentist has no idea if a gum brightening procedure even exists. 

The history of gum brightening

For a long, long time there were no gum depigmentation treatments on the market. Cosmetic dentistry really didn’t become a part of the mainstream until the 1980’s and even then, whitening and veneers were more popular than gum procedures like crown lengthening. By the early 2000’s, there were some doctors who were trying to experiment with a way to offer “gum bleaching” to their patients. They found limited success using knives to cut away the pigmentation or lasers to burn it away. Why didn’t those methods work? It’s simple: melanocytes.

The majority of people with gingival pigmentation have it because of an excess of melanin appearing in the gums. Melanocytes produce the melanin that causes the dark-colored spots. If you remove the melanin from the gums using knives or lasers, the purple spots will return because you haven’t removed the cells that create the melanin. Within a year or two, patients who got depigmentation treatments done using knives and lasers would start to see those black spots returning. Any other procedures that popped up in the 2010’s had similar results. There wasn’t a real, concrete way to brighten dark gums

Insert Britegums®

In 2017, one of Dr. Robert Stanley‘s patients asked him what could be done about the dark spots on her gums. At the time, he had never even thought about brightening gums. But, over time, he met with more and more patients who disliked how dark gums affected their smiles. Eventually, it got to the point where he knew he needed to do something. Utilizing his engineering and dentistry backgrounds, Dr. Stanley invented a procedure that could remove not only the melanin from the gums but also the melanocytes. The treatment involves gently brushing radio waves against the gums, which encourages the melanocytes and the melanin cells to dislodge.

After a short healing period, the patients were left with uniform, pink gums. In the majority of cases, the pigmentation did not return and the patients got to keep their new smiles for years. Because the treatment was all about “brightening” dark spots, Dr. Stanley called the procedure Britegums.

Can Britegums® brighten my smile?

Wondering if Britegums is the gum brightening method you’ve been looking for? There are really only two parameters when it comes to getting Britegums:

  • Do you black/purple/brown spots on your gums? 
  • Are your teeth and gums healthy?

If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, you’re a perfect candidate for Britegums and we’d love to have you come in for a complimentary consultation.

If you have pre-existing dental conditions including tooth decay and/or periodontal disease make sure to get that taken care of before coming to visit us. Britegums is a purely cosmetic procedure and cannot treat things like gum disease. If you’re not sure if the pigmentation on your gums is from melanin, take a look at this article about the reasons behind purple gums.


Britegums Don't Let Blotchy Gums Keep You From Your Smile