Gum Bleaching

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gum whitening

When you think of a beautiful smile, you probably focus on smooth, white teeth that look healthy. But most people do not realize the important role good-looking gums play in a dazzling smile. As a periodontist, I've seen dental implants, crowns, bridges, and veneers improve the appearance of my patients' teeth; however, as many of my patients know, black or dark gums around the teeth can ruin a smile if left untreated. That's why my innovative gum bleaching treatment for dark gums is so popular with people from Los Angeles, across the United States, and around the globe. As part of my my commitment to excellent gum care, I am one of the few cosmetic dentists to offer an effective solution for this embarrassing condition. In fact, in the early 1990s, I pioneered a treatment procedure for black and dark gums, and I remain a leader in this specialized field.

See what it's like to have attractive gums and to smile with total confidence: schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, a celebrity periodontist, or call 310.657.0503 to set up a consultation. To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers several convenient financing options through leading healthcare credit companies.


The Total Smile includes beautiful teeth, contoured lips, and attractive gums. Dr. Farnoosh developed a gum bleaching technique to permanently brighten even the darkest gums. See for yourself the dramatic results patients get after just one treatment.

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Choose an Internationally Recognized Specialist

The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry published my gum bleaching methods in an article more than 10 years ago. Since then, I have treated thousands of patients with extremely rewarding results with black gum treatment. Dentists from all over the United States and Canada have referred patients to me, and I am confident that I can provide a dramatic improvement in your gums and your smile with a personalized cosmetic gum enhancement plan.

Candidates for Gum Bleaching

Unusual or dark gum pigmentation occurs more frequently in people with a genetic link to the Middle East or certain areas of Southern Africa, but can affect people of all races and ethnicities. Though discolored gums may be healthy, they often look very unattractive. Women in particular feel that their black gums are unappealing and the source of their self-consciousness. The ideal candidate for gum bleaching has healthy gums and already practices good oral hygiene, so that only cosmetic concerns need to be addressed. If your gums are swollen or inflamed due to gum disease, I will need to treat the underlying disease before your gum bleaching session. Other factors such as smoking, certain medications like minocycline (commonly used for treatment of acne or periodontal infection), metal-based crowns or restorations, and some systemic diseases also can cause gum discoloration.

Putting His Method Where His Mouth Is

Dr. Farnoosh once had dark gums himself from years of pipe smoking. This personal background, along with meeting a patient who wanted lighter gums to match her gleaming new veneers, motivated him to develop a gum bleaching method. He tried his idea on himself first, and as you can see, the impressive results have lasted many years.

Dr. Farnoosh's
gums are still
pink and pristine
after 25 years!

Gum Bleaching Benefits

My gum bleaching patients often are amazed that such a simple treatment can make such a significant difference in their lives. Benefits of this treatment include:

  • After a single treatment that takes less than an hour, gum bleaching can remove or reduce the appearance of dark blotches and create pleasant-looking pink gums.
  • For most patients, gum bleaching restores confidence and makes them less self-conscious about their smile.
  • Many patients tell me that after their treatment, they are more pleased with their appearance and feel more attractive.

Get to Know Dr. Farnoosh

Dr. Alex Farnoosh is renowned in Beverly Hills with more than 25 years of periodontal experience. He's brightened the smiles of thousands of patients and is widely recognized as an innovator in the field, having invented proven gum bleaching methods.

Meet Dr. Farnoosh

Get to Know Dr. Farnoosh

Dr. Alex Farnoosh is renowned in Beverly Hills with more than 25 years of periodontal experience. He's brightened the smiles of thousands of patients and is widely recognized as an innovator in the field, having invented proven gum bleaching methods.

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How Much Does Gum Bleaching Cost?

For the best results, your gums should be healthy and free of gum disease. Several factors can affect the cost of gum bleaching, including:

  • Degree, depth, and location of the discoloration
  • Size of the treatment area
  • Cause of the gum discoloration including contributing factors


The Gum Bleaching Procedure

Before any treatment, I will thoroughly examine your discolored gums to ensure your health. Because the degree of discoloration and pigment saturation vary for each patient, I will customize treatment based on your needs. Gum discoloration can be spotty or spread across all the gum tissue. Depending on the degree of discoloration, gum bleaching may require no surgery, or I might need to take minor surgical steps to prepare for the bleaching process.

During the procedure, a topical numbing paste will be applied to your gums to ensure your comfort before the bleaching solution is used. My patented gum bleaching technique is relatively simple, and I can treat all areas of gum discoloration in a single visit to my Beverly Hills office. Patients are often pleasantly surprised by how quickly I am able to perform the procedure.

Some patients may benefit from an additional dermabrasion or minor surgical procedure to create a more flattering gum appearance.

Risks and Recovery

My patients experience no complications after this treatment. Most patients have no discomfort after the procedure, though patients with very sensitive gums may experience some discomfort for a short time. You will be able to talk and eat normally without trouble as soon as the treatment is completed. See more information on this and other cosmetic gum surgery procedures in our frequently asked questions.

Your treatment results may vary depending on the complexity of your case.