Teeth-whitening ‘should only be offered by professionals’

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There are a number of beauty salons offering teeth-whitening treatment, reports the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD).

However, many of these salons are unregulated and do not have restrictions on the procedures, it claims.

According to the BACD, some patients who have had such treatment have reported burns on their gums or marks left on their teeth.

Tif Qureshi, public relations manager for the BACD, commented that the academy was working alongside the General Dental Council to try and enforce regulation of non-dentists.

He explained that as the materials used to whiten teeth are so strong, only professionals should apply it.

"It’s just something to watch out for," he said. "You can save a little bit of money, but the problem is you’re not actually getting something that’s being properly regulated."

A third of the population claim to be "concerned" by the appearance of their teeth, reports the BACD.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18382497-ADNFCR

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