Teeth Whitening Alert

Are you aware that tooth whitening has been ruled “ An Act of Dentistry” by a European Council Directive, and as such can only be legally carried out by or under the supervision of a dentist? These regulations are to stop potentially dangerous products being sold to poorly trained people and being administered to unsuitable patients.

Not all teeth are suitable for tooth whitening. Unsuspecting clients have suffered burns to lips, gums, tongue and throat and teeth can become hyper-sensitive.

Many beauty salons believe they are doing nothing wrong, having undergone a few days, or in some cases only a few hours training delivered by unscrupulous “training” companies. For these beauticians, ignorance of the law is no defence. Every single case so far brought by the General Dental Council (GDC) the regulator for dentistry in the UK, has been successful.

Visit their website www.gdc-uk.org and type in ‘tooth whitening’ to read how being sold tooth whitening as a ‘cosmetic’ procedure is misleading. They are unequivocal that only Dentists, Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists or Clinical Dental Technicians may legally carry out tooth whitening. Their FAQ section makes enlightening reading!

The only safe and effective way to whiten teeth is to see a dentist. Cheaper alternatives may be financially attractive, but they also pose serious risks.