Thanks to the fact that glowing white smiles are viewed as increasingly normal, teeth whitening procedures have become neither uncommon nor expensive. Since the cosmetic craze began many different establishments have offered the practice, as either a dental or purely narcissistic service. In the past many beauticians and salons were legally allowed to provide such a procedure; but this law changed in May 2013 when a high court decision ruled the practice as one of dentistry and dentistry alone.
So in accordance with the law, tooth whitening services must only be administered by trained and registered dentists, dental therapists and/or dental hygienists. Anyone else providing this treatment is doing so illegally and there can be serious repercussions for both the patient and practitioner.
General Dental Council Prosecution
In light of these laws many illegal practitioners administering tooth whitening procedures have been caught and fined. This is certainly the case for Nathan Holiday, once working at Neat Teeth in Sheffield, who has recently been fined a total of £6213 for unlawfully practising dentistry, specifically tooth whitening.
The General Dental Council (GDC) is responsible for charging the non-registrant and Mr Holiday pleaded guilty to all charges on 8th December 2014. The official charge was for the unlawful practice of dentistry, primarily teeth whitening, opposing Section 38 (1 and 2) of the Dentists Act 1984. The incident in question relates to a case on the 19th December 2013 and a certain victim who received tooth whitening treatment from Mr Holiday. The procedure caused the victim significant harm and they have since been offered a £120 surcharge from the culprit. The rest of the fine is split up as follows:
- £1,675 for each court charge
- £2,743 GDC costs
Get the Right Dental Training
If you are currently thinking about offering a teeth whitening service as part of your dentistry practice, you must first be registered with the GDC and the person administering the treatment must be qualified as a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist or clinical dental technician. Completing a simple tooth whitening course will not suffice. Obtaining such qualifications will require an initial outlay and usually you will not have the option to spread payments out across a payment plan.
To become qualified in any of these practices will require paid education and institutions can request up-front payment. Obtaining a merchant cash advance can be the ideal solution to this issue, allowing you to pay over an extended period of time and transform your business for the better. Teeth whitening is a very popular procedure, and something that cosmetic dentists are keen to offer, so if you want to hire someone qualified and reap the rewards of practicing teeth whitening safely and legally, you could benefit from Merchant Cash Advance as an alternative source of business finance.