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Professional Teeth Whitening - My bad experience

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Professional Teeth Whitening - My bad experience

Postby gerly » Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:16 pm

I know this sounds ridiculous, never imagined this would happen. I wanted to share a bad experience I had whitening my teeth recently.

I had my teeth whitened at a med spa using Beyond White Spa. They placed a mouth piece in my mouth, squirted solution on my teeth and put a light up against them for 60 minutes. Wiping off the solution every 20 minutes with cotton and putting it back on.

The procedure was extremely painful. The mouthpiece was way too big for my mouth, the solution burned horribly and the heat from the light only made things worse.

I ended up with horrible burns on my gums and lips. My gums in the very front were burned off flat up against the roots of my teeth. My gums and lips split wide open in many places.

The photo was taken 4 days later. Was in too much pain to touch them before.

I must say your mouth heals quickly. The burns and small splits in my lips were all healed after 4 days (thanks neosporin!) and the white stuff on my gums is dead skin peeling from the burns. The deep splits in my gums and the places where my gums had to grow back are still healing and are sore.

This is the first time I have professionally whitened my teeth. I'm not sure if the problem stems from the system or user error, but I have no comparison, although, I have heard good things about zoom.

I just hope that no one else ends up going through this.

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Postby KJMOM2 » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:49 pm

sorry you had such a bad experience when you got your teeth lightened. The white area is from the whitening gel leaking onto the gum tissue. The gel is a peroxide and it causes a "burn". Although I haven't seen that much leakage, it is not totally uncommon. Do yourself a favor, stay away from very salty or acidic foods. Also, mouth rinses with alot of alchohol. The area will heal within 7-10 days. If your teeth are still sensitive, try using a toothpaste like sensodyne. It will help cut down on the sensitivity. I hope that helps
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Postby Lezza » Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:42 am

Hello Gerly,

Welcome to MMH, great to have you!

Oh my, yes that does look painful, I am so sorry you had to go through this. How are you now, did all heal well?


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