I was watching the recently screened BBC TV Watchdog program which was focusing on the subject of tooth whitening which is often carried out in beauty salons by individuals who are not registered Dental Care Professionals.
The thing that struck me first of all was the lack of general public awareness that this is in fact illegal and has resulted in several successful prosecutions by Trading Standards and fines of up to £5000.
The second thing that I found completely astonishing was that when questioned about their procedure, none of the “patients” had any idea about what chemicals had been used to whiten their teeth. This was very worrying to me as there have been many reported cases of patient’s gums being damaged and burned by poisonous acidic gels (often bought off Ebay from China) that were used instead of CE marked safe materials only available to UK Dental Professionals.
The only reason I could think of for choosing treatment in a beauty salon rather than in a safe professional environment is cost. However, when you think about the risks involved in an untrained person placing unknown possible harmful chemicals in your mouth without any possibility of legal recourse if anything goes wrong, is cheaper necessarily better?
This was a case recently treated by me using safe, CE approved 10% Carbamide Peroxide gel in comfortable perfectly fitted trays worn at night-time for just 2 weeks.
As you can see by the results, a brighter, whiter, B1 shade had been achieved without any discomfort and most importantly no damage to soft tissue. All Teeth Whitening treatments are undertaken at the dental surgery here in Rotherham by qualified dentists, who see Tooth Whitening patients from all over the Sheffield and wider South Yorkshire areas.
Once the teeth have been whitened, the treatment can be topped up very easily at any time in the future using the same whitening trays and a whitening gel “Top-up” Kit which are always available in the Practice.
More information on Tooth Whitening at Precision Dental Care can be found on our Teeth Whitening web page.
If you would like to talk further about Tooth Whitening options please call the surgery on 01709 364404.