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A blog exploring the dangers of illegal tooth whitening, what it is and how to avoid it. With cosmetic dentistry on the rise and Christmas around the corner leading oral health group – Tooth Whitening Information Group (TWIG) warns against …
A blog exploring the dangers of illegal tooth whitening, what it is and how to avoid it.
With cosmetic dentistry on the rise and Christmas around the corner leading oral health group – Tooth Whitening Information Group (TWIG) warns against purchasing and cashing in on cheap tooth whitening treatments being offered by non-qualified technicians this Christmas.
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a procedure that involves bleaching your teeth using a whitening product (usually containing hydrogen peroxide) and has become increasingly popular over the years.
There is a legal age limit for tooth whitening, which means you have to be at least 18 years old to have the procedure.
Who can perform this procedure?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a qualified and registered dental professional. The British Dental Association (BDA) has affirmed this, advising that tooth whitening is safe if it is carried out by a registered dental practitioner.
How does tooth whitening become illegal?
Sadly, we do come across a number of procedures carried out by unqualified individuals, which has resulted in the treatment going wrong, such as the use of overly strong bleach (which is illegal) which can cause harm.
This procedure carried out by unqualified individuals using illegal bleach is, in turn, referred to as “illegal tooth whitening”.
What are the risks of illegal tooth whitening? Why is it dangerous?
It is legal in the UK for a registered dentist to apply whitening products containing 6% hydrogen peroxide to a patient’s tooth. Comparatively, tooth whitening products on the high street or purchase over the internet can legally only contain up to 0.01% hydrogen peroxide. Anything above this can be dangerous and carry a greater risk of the following:
The General Dental Council (GDC), which is an organisation which regulates dental professionals in the UK and promotes public protection, have recently prosecuted several individuals for carrying out illegal and unsafe tooth whitening procedures. Although it is reassuring that the GDC is taking action, this worrying trend shows no signs of stopping.
Are you considering undergoing tooth whitening?
If you are considering undergoing a tooth whitening procedure, as tempting as it is with all of these Christmas promotions on teeth whitening deals, you should do the following:
Have you undergone a substandard tooth whitening procedure?
If you are concerned that you have undergone a substandard and potentially illegal tooth whitening procedure, please feel free to contact us for a free no obligation telephone consultation so that we can advise you further.