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Exposed: The great teeth whitening scandal on Britain’s High Streets

A Mail on Sunday reporter was charged £60 for teeth-whitening at Essex Smiles, in Ruislip. The company claims they merely provide safe teeth-whitening products for the customer to self-administer. Legally a trained dental professional has to carry out teeth-whitening treatment.

Scientists find a safer method of bleaching your smile which does not damage enamel

Research from Nanchang University in China have revealed using titanium dioxide to whiten teeth could avoid the enamel-damaging effects of hydrogen peroxide, which is currently widely used. Hydrogen peroxide – which is also used to bleach hair – is a common teeth whitening treatment but it can make them more sensitive and wear them down. Now a study published by the American Chemical Society suggests using a modified form of the chemical titanium dioxide could be an effective and safe teeth whitener.

Family pay £1.6m for teeth whitener scam at Royal Welsh

A man and his parents must pay £1.6m after selling teeth whitener containing 110 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide. Matthew Hargreaves, 46, and his parents John, 71 and Jean, 72, admitted selling the product and were sentenced in 2016. An investigation found 30 victims, including one person who needed hospital treatment. Trading Standards chief Clive Jones, from Powys Council, said the case was a "clear deterrent" to criminals.

Milton Keynes woman prosecuted for carrying out illegal tooth whitening at her home

An unqualified woman who carried out tooth whitening illegally in her home has had the smile wiped off her face with a court fine. Lydia Ferguson pleaded guilty to offering illegal procedure with Optima White to clients at her Bradwell Common house .

Rogue dentists using household bleach to whiten teeth, claims Liverpool clinic owner

Household bleach is being used by rogue dentists to whiten teeth, putting people in search of the perfect smile at serious risk. Liverpool clinic owner Tracey Bell says the General Dental Council (GDC) has prosecuted a number of unscrupulous practitioners carrying out illegal tooth-whitening treatments but says the problem persists. Ms Bell runs two Tracey Bell clinics – one in Liverpool city centre and another in the Isle of Man – and is concerned that people who are keen to have their teeth whitened, but don’t want to pay out too much money, are falling into the hands of unlicensed operators.

Charcoal toothpaste won't make your teeth white

It's been dubbed an easy way to get white teeth, with X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger being a fan. But British experts at the Oral Health Foundation are concerned about charcoal toothpaste.

Teeth whitening: The TRUTH behind celeb #spon posts

From dating apps like Mood Chimp to detox drinks, everyone from the stars of Geordie Shore to Love Island and TOWIE is getting involved with the #spon. Charlotte Crosby was recently called out by fans after sharing a video in which she used a teeth whitening product. And plenty of her former co-stars have done similar, including Marnie Simpson and Holly Hagan. But now, a dentist has warned against the use of these Instagram favourites, saying they could be dangerous.

'Bleach' teeth-whitening kits still being sold online

Dangerous and illegal teeth-whitening kits which are “like brushing your teeth with bleach” are still being sold by unscrupulous internet traders, Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Trading Standards Service has found. An investigation into Warwickshire businesses offering teeth whitening has revealed that the rules are being followed on the high street – but problems may still exist with home treatment services.

Warning over unlicensed teeth whitening clinics in Norfolk

Unlicensed teeth whitening services are operating in Norfolk, an investigation by this newspaper has found, raising fears about safety. Dentists have warned that having your teeth whitened by someone who is not registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) can cause damage to your teeth and gums.

Are dentists over-diagnosing dental implants?

Two million dental implants are placed in the United States each year, yet over 40% of these may fail, requiring invasive surgery to remove. Aggressive corporate marketing and doctors' haste to remove natural teeth are fueling massive growth of the dental implant and prosthetic market in the U.S, projected to reach $6.4 billion by 2018.

Bogus dentist fined for whitening teeth in Sheffield

A bogus dentist has been fined £5,000 for whitening the teeth of patients at a Sheffield clinic. Thomas Wilson worked at Wow Teeth Whitening on Sharrow Vale Road, Sharrowvale, despite not being a qualified dentist. He was found guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court of unlawfully using the title ‘dentist’ and illegal tooth whitening, and was fined £2,500 for each offence.

Dental nurse struck off for offering teeth whitening treatments using chemicals 300 times stronger than legal limit

Vivien Hassett, who advertised her services on Facebook, was found to pose a “risk of harm to patients”. And she has now been removed from the General Dental Council’s register following a probe by their Professional Conduct Committee. It found that she offered treatments using hydrogen peroxide with a strength of up to 35 per cent – while the legal limit is less than 0.1 per cent.

Young mother warns of illegal tooth whitening dangers

A mother is speaking out against illegal tooth whitening after being told the treatment she received had destroyed the condition of her mouth. Speaking as part of an ITV Wales investigation into illegal tooth whitening, for current affairs programme y Byd ar Bedwar on S4C, Melonie Bray from Bangor explained how a desire to brighten her smile could cost her some of her teeth.

Backstreet beautician busted over illegal teeth whitening treatments claims: `It was an accident`

A beautician who fell foul of the law over her teeth whitening treatments says that she did so accidentally. The 25-year-old had been offering teeth whitening from her home in Benwell, Newcastle, but says she hadn’t realised she had been doing anything illegal.

Federation of European Dental Regulators backs UK position on tooth whitening

The organisation that brings together all European dental regulators has put out a statement backing the United Kingdom’s legal position on tooth whitening and endorsing its approach as the one to be used across Europe.

Jason Edworthy fined for illegal teeth whitening

Jason Edworthy used chlorine dioxide to whiten a woman`s teeth at a clinic in Royal Wootton Bassett in February. She became suspicious after seeing an undercover report about him on BBC Inside Out West, and complained to the General Dental Council (GDC). Edworthy pleaded guilty and was fined £2,000 at Swindon Magistrates` Court. The 45-year-old from Saltwood Avenue, Milton Keynes, was also ordered to pay costs of £1,280 to the GDC.

Liverpool woman leaves victim with permanent damage to teeth after illegal tooth whitening treatment

The General Dental Council (GDC) has today prosecuted a woman in Liverpool for illegal activity relating to tooth whitening that has left an eighteen year old victim with permanent teeth and gum damage, as well as the expected loss of two lower front teeth. Ms Cheryl Roberts was found guilty at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court and fined £660. The judge also ordered her to pay £2000 to the victim and the GDC’s costs of £1000. Ms Roberts failed to attend court and the matter was proved in her absence.

Teeth whitener sold at Royal Welsh '110 times over legal limit'

A father and son who sold teeth whitener with 110 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide, have been jailed. Matthew and John Hargreaves admitted participating in a fraudulent business, while Jean Hargreaves admitted engaging in an unfair commercial practice. The trio, from Knutsford, Cheshire, sold the product at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, Powys, in 2013. The two men got 18 months in prison and Jean Hargreaves received a six month sentence, suspended for two years.

TV programme highlights severe dangers of illegal tooth whitening

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is reminding consumers of the huge dangers posed by illegal and unsafe whitening treatments, following an expose of fake teeth whitening companies and practitioners on the Fake Britain television programme.

Dentist warns against charcoal teeth whitening trend

Medical professionals are warning against using a DIY whitening trend that involves smearing a charcoal-derived black mixture on teeth. The method, which dentists say may lead to enamel deterioration and tooth erosion, became an online sensation this month after YouTube user Mama Natural posted a video that details its execution began striking fire online. As of Monday morning, it had amassed more than 1.5 million views.

Dangers of unsafe, illegal tooth whitening highlighted

One in four people (28%) would rather purchase potentially unsafe home kits over the internet or visit illegal beauticians and kiosks than see their dentist for tooth whitening treatment, according to research. In light of the increasing trend for teeth whitening procedures in the UK, the Oral Health Foundation wants to highlight the serious risks that people are taking by opting for illegal and unsafe whitening treatment.

Sandymoor trader prosecuted for selling tooth whitener containing 147 times the safe level of hydrogen peroxide

A RUNCORN trader has been prosecuted for selling dangerous tooth whitener containing 146 times the safe level of hydrogen peroxide. The chemical could have burnt gums, permanently damaged teeth and increased the risk of cancer, magistrates heard. Darren Stanton, 47, of Newmoore Lane, Sandymoor, was ordered to complete 300 hours of community service after admitting 11 trading offences at Warrington Magistrates Court. Trading Standards officers from Halton Council posed as customers and bought three products from his eBay business.

Prosecution for illegal teeth whitening at beauty salon

A woman has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal teeth whitening at a beauty salon. The General Dental Council said Janine Gilchrist pleaded guilty to unlawfully offering the treatment at Bohemia and Sisters salon on Kirkgate, in Wakefield, on 22 March 2016 without being on GDC’s list of registered dental professionals. The GDC decided to prosecute after Gilchrist ignored two previous warning letters to stop offering tooth whitening services.

Beware tooth whitenings dark side

Could your patients quest for an ever-whiter smile be hiding a dark secret? That’s the fear of one of the UK’s top cosmetic dentists, who has warned that an obsession with white teeth can be an indicator of a form of body dysmorphia.

Eighteen successful tooth whitening convictions in the past 12 months

There were 18 successful convictions for dangerous teeth whitening in a 12-month period, official figures show. Spas and salons were successfully prosecuted at only 12 magistrates courts around the country, despite growing concern over the activities of rogue beauticians.

Teeth whitening: Call for action on rogue beauticians

Rogue beauticians who offer teeth whitening and people who sell illegal kits should face tougher penalties, councils in England and Wales say. Some kits contain 300 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide, the Local Government Association said.

Man fined over £4300 for illegal tooth whitening

A prosecution brought by the General Dental Council (GDC) has seen a man who works for a company that specialises in tooth whitening products plead guilty to carrying out tooth whitening illegally at a salon in South Woodford, east London and fined over £4300.

How PROSECCO can ruin your teeth revealed

How PROSECCO can ruin your teeth: Think your favourite fizz is a healthy option? Sorry, but your dentist wont agree.

VIDEO: Dentist swaps molars for mic

A BASINGSTOKE dentist is singing his patients to whiter teeth, as his hilarious online education videos are primed to go viral. Dr Milad Shadrooh, a general dentist at Chequers Dental Surgery, is making his name as The Singing Dentist – the man behind the eyebrows and funny quips in a series of videos.

Councils shut down illegal teeth whitening stand

AN illegal teeth whitening operation running out of Tesco Extra at Lakeside has been shut down. Investigations by the General Dental Council revealed unqualified sales assistants offering tooth whitening treatments at the store.

An investigtion by Heart has revealed the extent of the rising industry of illegal tooth whitening.

An investigation by Heart has revealed the extent of the rising industry of illegal tooth whitening. There are countless profiles on social media advertising services promising to give you the perfect smile - but actually have no right to carry out the procedure.

Toxic teeth whitening products are seized to protect Warwickshire residents

More than 15,000 dangerous goods, some containing high levels of hydrogen peroxide, which is bleach, have been stopped from making it into the hands of consumers in Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire and the rest of the county.

Dangerous tooth whitening carried out by untrained beauty therapist

A YOUNG clinic owner put clients at risk by carrying out potentially dangerous tooth whitening procedures without proper qualifications, a court heard. Laura Little offered specialist treatment using hydrogen peroxide gel as part of a series of beauty regimes at her Southampton clinic.

Lancaster woman tells of tooth whitening nightmare

A mum lost her two front teeth when cosmetic dental treatment went wrong. Kellie Taylor now has to wear false teeth after an illegal course of tooth whitening weakened her gums. Her dentist tried to save her front teeth but she was eventually forced to have them removed.

Beauty salon owner fined for practising teeth whitening without qualifications is still offering procedure

A beauty salon owner who was hit with a £4,500 bill for offering teeth whitening without the proper qualifications is STILL offering the procedure, an undercover investigation has revealed. Janet Johnstone was caught out by an investigator posing as a customer at Simply Chic in Salford last year.

Convicted fake dentist continues to run Belfast clinic

A man convicted of illegal teeth whitening is still running a clinic in Belfast, the BBC has learned. Samuel Irvine-Madine was convicted in April of illegally impersonating a dental practitioner and carrying out teeth whitening. He was taken to court by the General Dental Council and fined £500.

Harley Street illegal tooth whitener found guilty

The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a woman for unlawfully practising dentistry – namely tooth whitening. On 30 July 2015 Cassandra Wright was found guilty in her absence at City of London Magistrates’ Court of two charges of unlawfully practising dentistry.

Dentist issues warning after woman is left in pain by illegal teeth whitening

A Perthshire dentist has warned about a rise in illegal teeth whitening services being offered across the region. People looking to get a bargain-price Hollywood smile are putting themselves at risk, it was claimed.

Beware High St Clinics Using Chemicals With 200x Legal Level of Bleaching Agent

Unregistered dentists are using teeth whiteners containing over 200 times the legal level of bleach. Trading standards officers investigated salons promising customers a perfect Hollywood smile and discovered the toxic levels of hydrogen peroxide. Only dentists or dental professionals working to a dentist’s prescription are legally allowed to perform tooth whitening procedures. Despite this, thousands of unregistered practitioners are offering the service at lower prices in clinics, beauty salons, tanning shops and hairdressers.

Tooth whitening: Are whiter teeth worth it?

The British Dental Association is warning people, and specifically teenagers, against using home bleaching kits. TV personality Francesca Newman-Young from Made in Chelsea uses and promotes home tooth whitening kits. She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme people should do thorough research before buying them.

Illegal tooth whitener cant apply for a judicial review

A woman who was convicted at the High Court in May 2013 of practising dentistry and unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry – namely tooth whitening - when not registered with the GDC, has been refused permission to apply for judicial review in relation to her failed attempt to challenge the High Court’s decision. The case involving Lorna Jamous was heard by the Administrative Division of the High Court.

Hartlepool man who carried out illegal dentistry has ‘had enough’ of beauty industry

A businessman who pleaded guilty to carrying out illegal teeth whitening says he is “getting out of the beauty industry”. Hartlepool man Graeme Pattinson, who worked for the Ultimate Tanning and Beauty Salon, in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool, admitted unlawfully practising dentistry, and unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry, contrary to the Dentists Act 1984. The prosecution came about following a complaint from a client to whom he sold the self-administered ‘gum-shield’ style teeth whitening product to, despite not being a registered dental practitioner.

£500,000 worth of Illegal tooth-whitening kits seized

Dangerous and illegal tooth-whitening kits, worth more than £500,000, have been seized by trading standards officers in a house in London recently. The tooth-whitening kits contained almost 60 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide, the bleaching agent in tooth-whitening. The kits could potentially lead to mouth blisters and sensitive gums to users. Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court has issued a court order for the 12,000 seized kits to be destroyed.

Woman who performed teeth whitening without being qualified fined

A woman who carried out teeth whitening without being qualified must pay fines and costs of £4,500 after an undercover sting. Janet Johnstone was caught out by an investigator posing as a potential customer who visited the business where she worked in Walkden. But speaking after the case she said: “It’s all about dentists thinking they are God and wanting to make money.”

Dentist who has Manchester United players as clients slams 'cowboy' teeth whitening salons

A dentist to the stars has criticised ‘dangerous cowboys’ who provide teeth whitening without any qualifications. Dr Shah Begum spoke out after the M.E.N. revealed a woman who carried out the procedure must pay fines and costs of £4,500 after an undercover sting.

Smile and say ‘selfie’! This app wants to brighten your teeth

Your phone can hail you a cab, order you a burrito — and possibly add sparkle to your smile. That’s what makers of the White Tooth app claim, anyway. Like skipping the manicurist to paint your nails at home, a Boston whitening center has created an app that’ll give you the benefits of professional tooth bleaching at home.

Top dentist warns illegal teeth whitening is nothing to smile about

The UK’s most qualified cosmetic dentist has warned that teeth whitening treatments being carried out at beauty salons could cause serious damage. And non-qualified practitioners offering laser and bleaching procedures on teeth could also face prosecution because they are breaking the law.

How 'bleachorexics' are stripping their teeth enamel to the point of no return

America's long-standing fixation with impossibly white teeth is leading some to develop what dentists refer to as 'bleachorexia.' According to Los Angeles-based cosmetic dentist Laurence Rifkin, over-bleaching causes severe and permanent damage by stripping tooth enamel and causing gums to recede.

Landmark cases rule in favour of dentistry

The County Court has ruled any tooth whitening technician who hands the patient a whitening tray is the practice of dentistry and must be done by the dentist. Caroline Sumpter brought the case against Megawhite, who claimed their advanced laser tooth whitening technicians did not have to be dentists. Ms Sumpter, herself a beauty therapist, was sold the ‘Megawhite Teeth Whitening Licence' under the pretence she did not have to be a dentist to carry out the treatment.

Exposed: the fake dentist who ran bogus Manchester city centre practice

Ghulam Kibria, 34, from Didsbury, was caught out after an undercover sting at teeth whitening clinic. He'd used a fake name and was advertising on discount site Groupon. A dodgy dentist who offered cut-price tooth whitening was exposed after an undercover sting. Ghulam Kibria’s sham surgery aroused suspicions after the 34-year-old started advertised on popular discount site Groupon. His laserclinic in Manchester city centre offered massive 80 per cent discounts – with one-hour teeth whitening sessions costing just £59.