Teeth whitening and dental procedure and can only be carried out by the dentist, in this blog post we discuss this important issue.
For a few years now teeth whitening has been one of the most popular treatments in any dental practice, and this is true of our St John’s Wood practice too. But why is this? Why is teeth whitening so popular?
It is one of the few treatments in dentistry that is almost completely elective, in other words virtually everyone can have teeth whitening without any other form of treatment. It is also one of the most cost-effective ways of whitening your smile, and we all know that a whiter smile gives you more confidence.
So let’s look at the process of teeth whitening, what is it?
The procedure is totally safe when conducted by a trained dentist, and the reason you need a trained dentist is that the material used to whitening your teeth is in fact peroxide. And whilst this peroxides bleaching agent is capable of whitening your teeth, it could also cause sensitivity and irritate your gums.
If this were to happen you need to be under the care of a trained dental professional so that any remedial action can be taken quickly, efficiently and in a way that will be beneficial to you. Having this trained dentist oversees the treatment has a cost, and it is this cost off teeth whitening that many beauty therapists and spas have sought to reduce. See James Arthur and teeth whitening.
The General Dental Council is the organisation which oversees dentistry in the United Kingdom and it has recently prosecuted a beautician for carrying out teeth whitening. As recently as third of August 2012 this beautician faced two charges at Preston Magistrates Court.
It was alleged that she unlawfully practised dentistry by carrying out tooth whitening when she was not registered with the General Dental Council, this is contrary to the Dentists act 1984. It is also alleged that she unlawfully carried out the business of dentistry when she was not entitled to do so, also contrary to the Dentists Act 1984.
The beautician was investigated after a complaint was made about her by a member of the general public regarding how her teeth have been whitened, she was fined £600 on each of the offences and ordered to pay £3277 towards costs.
We recommend that anyone considering having their teeth whitened should always see a general dental Council registered dentist so that they can be fully assessed whether teeth whitening is appropriate or right for them. See reviews.
Registered dental hygienists and dental therapists can also carry out tooth whitening on the prescription of a dentist.
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.