San Francisco, CA area patients ask, “Can teeth whitening damage the gums?”

Can teeth whitening damage the gums

When the teeth have become dark, dull, or yellowed, it may be time to speak to a dentist about the benefits professional teeth whitening. San Francisco, CA area professionals, Dr. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh, are dentists at West Portal Family Dentistry who are readily available to assist patients in cosmetic treatment options such as professional teeth bleaching.


What is teeth whitening?

You may have been through the local drugstore and seen at-home bleaching products in the oral health care aisle next to toothpaste and mouthwashes. However, many of these items are not very strong, resulting in little, if any, results. Instead, the team at West Portal Family Dentistry encourages patients to consider the advantages of professional treatments such as the KöR whitening system available with Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh.


What is KöR whitening?

KöR whitening combines the power of in-office power bleaching and concentrated take-home whitening gels and trays. With in-house treatment and in-home whitening, patients can achieve a smile brighter than ever before! The KöR whitening system is extremely effective and affordable for many of our patients interested in cosmetically enhancing their smile’s appearance. However, it is important for patients to know that whitening products do not affect certain elements of the smile.


What does teeth bleaching not affect?

  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crowns


Can teeth whitening damage the gums?

If patients do not closely follow our dentists’ instructions with their at-home whitening kits, they can damage the gum tissue. Therefore, it is so important to comply with treatment and ask the dentist questions during the initial consultation visit.


Who is a candidate for whitening?

Most patients without restorations such as those listed above are considered appropriate candidates for the KöR whitening system. However, a consultation appointment must be scheduled before moving forward with treatment.

Learn more about professional whitening solutions at West Portal Family Dentistry

Call Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh at (415) 604-9292 to connect with our staff and discuss this and many other cosmetic treatments available at our state-of-the-art practice. We are conveniently located at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4 in San Francisco, California.


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Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice

A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.

Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.