What you need to know about Illegal Tooth Whitening.

What you need to know about Illegal Tooth Whitening.

There is a huge market for cheap tooth whitening – unfortunately being short on time and money makes you an easy target and understandably you may look twice at that attractive “Special Offer” of someone who is not a registered dental professional or buying a whitening product online.

Most people have heard of the so called “Turkey teeth” and the BBC’s report shining a light on illegal teeth whitening, making it more important than ever for you to “know the facts”.

Despite legislation, illegal teeth whitening is on the rise in the UK. Tooth whitening is increasingly carried out by beauticians and others who have no training in this field and use products containing as much as 300 times the legal amount of bleaching agent. As a result of this many people experience excruciating pain, blistering, swelling and even third-degree burns, sometimes resulting in a life time of sensitivity. Seeking out cheaper options is really NOT worth that risk.

When performed by a registered dentist teeth whitening is a cost-effective dental procedure that produces excellent cosmetic results and not the other way around. By law this procedure can only be carried out by a dental professional registered with the General Dental Council. The practitioner will have undergone special training to carry out teeth whitening so that you get both safe and effective results.

One of the reasons illegal teeth whitening is still available is the lack of awareness. At Kingshurst Dental Surgery we feel that you need to “know the facts” so that you can then make an informed decision about your teeth and that getting your teeth whitened with anyone who is not GDC registered is dangerous. When considering the long-term cost of your smile, the cost of legal teeth whitening is worth every penny.

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