Whether you feel self-conscious because you have yellowed teeth or you just want to look your best, teeth whitening is a quick and effective way to brighten your smile and gain increased confidence in your appearance. More and more people are trying to save money by trying to bleach their teeth at home. But is this practice completely safe? While there are a number of over-the-counter methods available, you should consider consulting with an experienced dental professional here at The Dental Surgery if you are considering whitening your teeth.
The General Dental Council, the organisation that regulates dental professionals in the UK, has decided that teeth whitening is a form of dentistry. This means that you should only have your teeth whitened by a dentist or another dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
The GDC, which regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the UK and the Isle of Man, states within the ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ that only dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening. All those working in the UK and the Isle of Man as a dentist or dental care professional must be registered with the GDC.
Minister for Health, David Anderson MHK said: “The Department of Health will be writing to all beauty salons on the Island, informing them about these important High Court rulings and the guidance from the General Dental Council. We would not want beauty or dental professionals to be in any doubt of how this situation is viewed legally or be at risk of prosecution.”