The Surprising Cosmetic Treatment for Ethnic Pigmentation

The Unexpected Cosmetic Procedure That Addresses Ethnic Pigmentation


There’s no doubt that ethnic pigmentation in gums, called hyperpigmentation, can be unsightly and embarrassing. But unlike some other cosmetic procedures, gum pinkening is simple and safe, using an ingredient that’s been widely used in the cosmetic industry. Here’s how it works…

What is ethnic skin?

More than 1.3 billion people around the world have dark skin, often referred to as racial or ethnic pigmentation . This condition, known as physiological pigmentation, Melanocytes in people with dark skin produce more melanin than those in people with lighter skin, which results in dark brown or black discoloration. While it’s common for darker-skinned individuals to develop freckles and age spots over time, some may be plagued by darker patches of uneven tone that do not fade as quickly. The good news is that help is at hand! By learning about (and even seeking) professional solutions you can correct these areas of darkness by increasing melanin production. What’s more?

What are common causes of pigmentation problems on skin?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by injury or trauma to the skin, inflammation and infection, hormonal imbalance and birth control pills, genetics, tanning bed use and sun damage, nutritional deficiencies such as B vitamins or zinc deficiency can also cause hyperpigmentation. Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a common cause of darkening of facial skin in pregnant women. Hyperpigmentation is usually divided into three categories: epidermal (dermal/adnexal) hypermelanosis; post inflammatory pigmentation; and congenital/hereditary hypermelanoses. Congenital hyperpigmentary disorders are rare genetic disorders resulting in dark pigmented lesions that can affect any part of the body.

What causes gum hyperpigmentation (color changes) in adults?

It’s often referred to as racial or ethnic pigmentation. A condition known as physiological pigmentation, Melanocytes in people with dark skin produce more melanin than those in people with lighter skin. Gums, and their pigmentation, are not all that different from hair, eye and skin color. When melanocytes fail to control production of melatonin (melanin) and overproduce as a result of chronic irritation or trauma, such as brushing too hard or improper oral care for example… your gums can become darker than normal. Although some medical conditions have been reported to cause gum hyperpigmentation – none are apparent in our patients.

How does gum pinkening work?

Gums are often a dark color. This could be due to aging, diet and genetics; however, it can also be due to a condition called physiological pigmentation. Melanocytes in people with dark skin produce more melanin than those in people with lighter skin. Melanin is what gives your skin, eyes and hair its color; even if you have light-colored eyes or hair, your pigment cells still make melanin. In terms of gum pinkening , well known cosmetic dentists at Britegums offer safe treatments for reversing this condition through bleaching and laser procedures that destroy melanocytes in teeth, gums and nearby tissues . Your gums can be made as white as your teeth are now or whiter depending on how severe your condition is.

Is gum pinkening painful?

This procedure is often referred to as racial or ethnic pigmentation. It’s a condition known as physiological pigmentation. You don’t need to experience pain or discomfort because our dentist will make sure that you have no teeth sensitivity during and after your treatment. Pink gums are not an indication of teeth sensitivity but an attractive result from a healthy smile enhancement method like gum pinkening. Sometimes people are concerned if their pink gums could become sensitive in cold weather but your results will not fade with time, even when exposed to temperature changes and cold. We believe in delivering healthy, long-lasting solutions so you’ll still be smiling years later.

How many treatments do I need?

How many treatments you need will depend on your individual situation and what you’re trying to achieve. However, because gums may take months or even years to naturally re-pigment, it is important to get started as soon as possible. The longer you wait, or worse yet start using medications for similar conditions (such as tooth bleaching), the more dramatic a change your results will be. Many people with darker than normal gums start using higher quality toothpastes like PerioPatch in conjunction with treatment for a quick fix and faster results. As far as how long each treatment takes, we recommend an average of 15 minutes per gum—however some patients finish faster than others depending on how much of their gum needs to be treated.

Can I see results right away?

Yes! Although you may not see immediate results from a single treatment, gum pinkening is permanent and effective. Unlike many other procedures which are designed to treat only one condition or problem, gum pinkening treats several issues at once. Gum pinkening can lighten your gums while also adding color if they have become too pale; it’s possible to make your teeth appear whiter, even when they’re not; and that vibrant pink in between your teeth? With our treatment you’ll be able to show it off with pride! And did we mention that it’s fast, painless and over quickly? You won’t have any downtime because there are no sutures to remove or special maintenance required after treatment.

What areas of my mouth can be treated?

Gum pinkening is a non-invasive and painless procedure that is often referred to as ethnic pigmentation. It’s most commonly found on patients who have dark skin and include Asians, Hispanics, Africans and African-Americans, but anyone can be treated. If you are bothered by dark spots on your gums, it’s important to know you don’t have to live with them. Call us today at (800) 929-1414 for a consultation!

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