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 in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, I've seen dental implants, crowns, bridges, and veneers improve the appearance of my patients' teeth; however, many of my patients know that black or dark gums around the tooth can ruin a smile if left untreated. Though discolored gums may be healthy, they can look very unattractive, with many women in particular finding their black gums unappealing and the source of a major aesthetic problem.

I am one of the few cosmetic dentists in Los Angeles or even the United States who offer gum bleaching treatment as part of my commitment to excellent gum care. 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.


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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The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry published my gum bleaching methods in an article more than ten 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 surgery plan.

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 serving Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, 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.

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. The ideal candidate may have healthy gums and already practice 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 black gum treatment can make such a large difference in their lives. Some benefits:

  • 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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The Gum Bleaching Procedure

Before any treatment, I thoroughly examine each patient's black gums to ensure his or her health. Because the degree of discoloration and pigment saturation varies for each patient, I customize treatment based on your needs. Gum discoloration can be spotty or can be spread across all the gum tissue. 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. 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.

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.