A recent BBC report warns people to be aware of illegal tooth whitening after a number of beauticians have been found performing illegal teeth whitening procedures. Unfortunately this illegal practice is happening across the UK, and in Leeds too, so we recommend that you carry out some research, before you choose teeth whitening.
The BBC’s undercover reporting team even secretly filmed one rogue beautician providing treatment with Hydrogen Peroxide at illegal levels of 25%. This is much higher than the acceptable levels allowed at dental practices where dentists and dental hygienists have to be registered with the General Dental Council before they are legally allowed to provide teeth whitening in the UK.
The General Dental Council (GDC) has said that it has seen the number of illegal treatments rise and that they are concerned that peoples health is being put at risk.
Not only can unqualified and unregistered providers of illegal teeth whitening be putting peoples health at risk and causing irreversible damage, they are often causing excruciating pain for their clients who are receiving the treatment. It is not unusual for your teeth and mouth to feel raw and sore and for sharp pain to last for even days. People often think they are getting a good deal by getting cheap teeth whitening from a beautician or beauty therapist. What they don’t realise are the serious risks they are taking.
The GDC’s head of illegal practice, Francesca Keen, said: “If you’re seeing someone on the high street that’s attended a one day course and putting that into perspective – dentists attend a five year training programme in order to qualify – you’re putting yourself in harm’s way.”
To check if the person you are planning on getting treatment from is regsitered to provide it, you can search for them on the GDC Register. If they are not regsitered, you could choose to report them to Trading Standards.
At FHDC we have written a Free Teeth Whitening Guide if you are considering teeth whitening. This can help inform you before even visiting the practice. Not everyone is suitable for tooth whitening and if you are note sure we would always suggest booking an appointment with your dentist to have a chat about your suitability.
We offer two whitening options at FHDC…
Boutique Teeth Whitening is our recommended at home system where you will be provided with personalised ‘whitening trays’ which are similar to a gum shield and syringes of teeth whitening agent that is suitable for at home application.
If you would prefer a stronger whitening agent, this must be applied in surgery by either your dentist or dental hygienist. At FHDC we prefer the Enlighten Teeth Whitening system for in surgery whitening.