Dentists are warning consumers of the dangers of beauty salons and spas offering teeth-whitening treatments, after it emerged that some are using chemicals designed for industrial use.
The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) has issued the warning in response to the case of 23-year-old Stephanie Ramezan, who found that her teeth were actually darker two days after paying £200 for a teeth-whitening treatment at a City spa.
She eventually visited BACD dentist Oliver Harman, who discovered that the surface of her teeth had been damaged by a substance called chlorine dioxide, usually used only for industrial cleaning or water purification because of its acidic nature.
BACD president Dr Christopher Orr told the Scotsman: "We are seeing many cases of people who, driven by either convenience or cheap pricing, choose to have their teeth whitened at local beauty salons or 'spas'.
"Not only are the treatments performed by non-dentists, but some of these chemicals aren't accepted material for this cosmetic use and could cause considerable damage," he warned.
Patients are advised to visit a dentist for teeth whitening treatments to ensure that the materials and procedures used are safe.
Independent advice on private healthcare