One day a friend convinced me to use a whitening kit from the drugstore. I said "what the heck?" and used the kit as instructed. I knew something was wrong when I had the whitening trays on my teeth for a few minutes and my gums started burning. Ouch! My gums were so red and painful I had to go to the dentist to have them looked at. He said I was lucky I removed the trays when I did, or I could have seriously damaged my gums. My dentist told me the trays were not made for my smaller mouth, and I was bleaching my gums along with my teeth! I now only have my teeth whitened by my dentist. I created this blog to share my experience and let others know that you can burn your gums when whitening at home, so have a professional whiten your teeth!