According to BBC, the General Dental Council has prosecuted 24 people this year due to illegal teeth whitening. It may not sound like the most heinous of crimes but without the right training or knowledge, it can cause permanent damage to your teeth and gums.
Under the Dentist Act 1984, it is illegal for anyone other than dental health professionals to carry out teeth whitening. However, beauty therapists across the UK are offering treatment.
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The GDC said,
“The Dentists Act makes it illegal for anyone who is not a dentist to give ‘treatment, advice or attendance’ that would usually be given by a dentist.
“Handing an individual a tooth-whitening tray and advising them on application, amongst other things, could constitute the giving of ‘advice or attendance’ and would be illegal.”
Home-kits are perfectly legal and safe for provided it contains less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. However, products often fail to declare the precise chemicals and quantities in the teeth whitening kit. One kit from an online retailer in the UK contained sodium perborate which can cause infertility and foetal abnormalities.
If you want your teeth whitened, you’ll have to mosey over to a dental hygienist or a dentist and most definitely not, a beautician.