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Stained or discoloured teeth can be embarrassing and cause unease with smiling, with many people refusing to show their teeth when they smile in public. Modern methods now exist to help whiten or bleach teeth, removing staining caused by smoking or food and drink.
It is important to know that according to The Dentists Act, tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and only General Dental Council (GDC) registered dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists or clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist can legally provide tooth whitening. The Dentists Act makes it illegal for anyone who is not a dentist to give 'treatment, advice or attendance' that would usually be given by a dentist. ‘Self-administration’ systems whereby a tooth whitening tray is handed to an individual whilst in a clinic/salon and they are advised on application, amongst other things, could constitute the giving of 'advice or attendance' and would be illegal. Laws are also in place which govern the type and strength of ingredients used in teeth whitening.
Tooth bleaching or whitening is not new in dentistry; in fact some techniques are 120 years old! Modern whitening, however, is simple, safe and involves no major dental work or damage to your teeth.