22nd November 2017
Over 8 million Brits admit using an illegal tooth whitener
Almost half (45%) of UK adults who whiten their teeth use an illegal provider, new research has shown.
The research, carried out by White Glo, found that 75% of people in the UK aren’t happy with the shade of their teeth, with 24% reverting to teeth whitening.
One Facebook user from Glasgow told White Glo of her own story when she visited a local beautician’s home for tooth whitening treatment: ‘I was there for just over an hour and every 10 to 15 minutes she would top up the gel on my teeth.
‘No questions were asked such as my age, if I’d had whitening before or any allergy tests.
‘The next morning, I woke up and my lips were stuck together and I looked like I’d been in a boxing ring.
‘The woman said it was normal and that I should just put lipstick on and I would be fine.
‘My whole mouth felt like it was on fire and I had about 10 blisters.’
Tooth whitening should only be provided under the supervision of a dental practitioner, according to the General Dental Council.
If you completed a whitening treatment plan that made a dramatic difference to a patient, why not enter the Tooth Whitening category in the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards. For more information on this category take a look at our Category page.
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