If you have any doubt about the legalities of teeth the whitening by a non dentist then read the European directive that overides what the GDC states, teeth whitening is legal by non dentists as long as you are using less than 0.01% Hydrogen Peroxide, dentists are only aloud to use up to 6%, does anyone question what they are using?. If this procedure was illegal by non dentists it would not have been passed by the house of lords as a cosmetic procedure. If you have had training and are insured you are working within the law. If you receive a letter from the GDC telling you what you are doing is illegal they are breaking the law and its called harrassment. It does not matter what they think the law quite clealy states it is a safe practice as long as you use the product that is allowed and what the ruling was made on. Its like any procedure you carry out you have to have done some form of training and should be insured, teeth whitening is no different, its a COSMETIC PROCEDURE. I am a qualified health professional, I have insurance for my own profession. No one is saying you should be acting as a dentist and offering dental advice, why would you if you only plan to carry out teeth whitening?. Until such times as the ruling changes which it never will because of the revenue involved in this industry which the government benefit from then teeth whitening is here to stay by non dentist so as long as you work within the guidelines of your practice do not be intimidated by the GDC. Hope that clarifies what would appear to be a grey area, its shouldnt be, just read the house of lords ruling and the European Directive.
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'Cosmetologist' fined for illegal tooth whitening
5th Jan 2012
A Devon-based, ‘cosmetologist' has been successfully prosecuted for offering tooth whitening treatment and ordered to pay a total of £1,872.
Last month, Carl Espano, from Torquay, Devon, pleaded guilty at West London Magistrates' Court to practising dentistry when not registered with the GDC, contrary to section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists' Act 1984.
He has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. He has also been ordered to pay full costs to the GDC of £857.
Mr Espano, in mitigation for his actions, raised the House of Lords judgement in the case of ‘Optident and Another v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Another (2001) UKHL 32.
However, the magistrates' appeared to give this argument little or no weight when determining his sentence.
The Magistrates told Mr Espano: 'This is a serious offence, particularly for potential victims as you didn't have any indemnity in place for any damage you might have done to any teeth.
'In addition, should you have damaged the adult teeth, a patient only has one set. Accordingly we view this as a serious offence.'
Chief executive and registrar of the GDC, Evlynne Gilvarry, said: 'We are committed to taking action against people who offer tooth whitening unlawfully. They are a risk to the people they treat and it is our duty act to ensure public safety.'
Tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and only those registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) may lawfully offer it as a treatment
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You DO NOT have to be a Dentist of any sort to perform Teeth Whitening. Dentists only say that because they dont want to loose out on money!!! - I was trained by LoveLite White, Harley Street London. All The Celebs go there. If they werent allowed to LEGALLY whiten peoples teeth id imagine these high profile celebs would have law suit out on the company time & time again! X
GDC wins first-ever 'illegal' tooth whitening case
25th Mar 2011 -DENTISTRY MAGAZINE
In the first case of its kind,he UK's dental regulator has successfully prosecuted a clinic's boss for 'illegally' performing tooth whitening.The General Dental Council (GDC) regards this cosmetic treatment as the practice of dentistry and won its case against national chain, Style Smile Clinics.Under the Dentists Act 1984, it is an offence for non-registrants to practise or be prepared to practise dentistry.
The GDC launched the case last year after it received hundreds of complaints from members of the public and dental professionals about tooth whitening treatment being provided by individuals who are not registered dental professionals.
Chief executive and registrar of the GDC, Evlynne Gilvarry, says: ‘This case has significant implications for the dental profession and for public protection.'
The GDC will now consider its position carefully with regards to the hundreds of other complaints about the illegal practice of dentistry that it has received.
‘We are concerned about the risk to the public posed by such potentially hazardous treatment being provided by people without the training and qualifications necessary for registration as a dental professional.''
Hi there I'm so pleased you have asked this question! Only qualified dentists and dental professionals registered with the GDC can legally perform whitening in the UK - this would obviously mean the practitioner is fully equipped to assess suitability for whitening and to deal with any problems that may arise as a result of it. I recommend you approach the GDC to ask for an insurance recommendation if this applies to you.
thank you! been struggle with every other insurance a insurance called swinton wanted £1000 a year . i am going to get a quote for sinclair thank you very much
yeah try sinclaire insurance as far as i know there the only insurance that will insure for this service in the U.K. http://www.sinclairpremium.com/
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