Did you know, it is illegal to have your teeth whitened by anyone other than a dental practitioner?
The Regulations say that products containing or releasing up to 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide can be used, as long as:
- Products of this strength are sold only to dental practitioners.
- A dentist has first examined the patient to make sure there are no risks or any other concern about their oral condition.
- The patient is over 18 years old.
- For each cycle of use, first use is by a dental practitioner or under their direct supervision by a dental hygienist or dental therapist.
Tooth-whitening products and kits bought over the counter or on the internet can legally only contain up to 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of the teeth.
Products that contain over 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide can legally only be sold to a dentist.
Who cannot provide tooth whitening?
The General Dental Council takes the view that applying materials and carrying out procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth amounts to ‘the practice of dentistry’.
Therefore, this confirms that tooth whitening can only be provided by a qualified and registered dentist, or a dental hygienist or dental therapist working to the prescription of a dentist.
More information can be found via the TWIG (Tooth Whitening Information Group) at www.safetoothwhitening.org