Part 3: Getting ready for Summer? Look good with teeth whitening treatments – safely

Woman loooking at gettig teeth whitening procedure

Insight and advice from Digby Brown Associate Jennifer Watson

Everyone wants that Hollywood smile these days, encouraged further by programmes such as The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea.

However, teeth whitening treatments can often be quite pricey leading many people to seek special deals online to save money.

Risk of injury with teeth whitening treatments

Unfortunately, many beauty therapists are not qualified dentists and use products with a high percentage of bleach which puts consumers at great risk of being injured.

Illegal for beauty therapist to carry out teeth whitening treatments

After a series of cases down south, the General Dental Council has been taking legal action and a recent High Court decision means that it is now illegal for anyone other than a dentist, dental hygienist and dental therapist (working to the prescription of a dentist) to carry out teeth whitening procedures.

Beauty therapists dabbling in the procedure are now leaving themselves open to criminal prosecution and the General Dental Council are intending to take action in Scotland.

Woman injured following teeth whitening treatment in Scotland

Following a teeth whitening procedure in Scotland, one of our clients was hospitalised and had to be placed on a drip for a week.

Her tongue was swollen and her gums covered in ulcers after an unqualified therapist treated her without gloves and used a product with a percentage of bleach that was 6 times the recommended dose.

Top tips to safely using teeth whitening treatments

   1. Only go to a registered dentist for this treatment;
   2. Ensure that you consult the dentist prior to the treatment to ensure your medical history is obtained and you are not allergic to the product;
   3. Double check with the dentist that the teeth whitening product contains less than 6% hydrogen peroxide (bleach).

Need legal help or advice?

If you have suffered an injury caused by a beauty treatment that has been badly carried out, we can help.

Jennifer Watson is an Associate in Digby Brown Solicitors with experience and expertise in injuries caused by beauty treatments and hairdressing as well as a member of the Trichological Society.

Jennifer can be contacted on 01382 205 921 or at