Teeth Whitening While You Shop-Is It Safe And Legal

Teeth Whitening At The Mall

Are Mall Based Whitening Salons Ok To Use

mm.0411.vm2.21During a recent shopping trip to the mall, we came across something quite surreal; in the middle of a crowded mall, here was a lady performing teeth whitening to a young man, and at the same time trying to convince other shoppers to also take advantage of her services.

When asked about her service she told us that she charged $120, and she guaranteed that our teeth would get 4 shades whiter.

Are These Kinds Of Treatments Safe

To start with, none of these treatments are ever performed by professional dentists, these type of mall based kiosks are mainly franchises, and virtually anybody with the money to buy one can set them selves up in business.

The staff on these kiosks often wear white uniforms to give customers the misleading appearance that those offering the treatments are professional dentists.

The facts are that these kinds of businesses are only just on the right side of being legal, the one point that stops them being illegal is the fact that the willing patients place the bleaching products in their mouths themselves, if the untrained staff on the kiosks did it, they would be breaking the law.

Having your teeth whitened at these kinds of kiosks might seem attractive, but the facts are that they tend to use over strength whitening gels, often around 35% concentration. While not illegal, gels of this strength well exceed the levels deemed to be safe by the FDA, who only approve gels with a strength of up to 16%. They have determined that 16% is the strongest concentration that should be used anywhere except in a dental surgery.

Bleaching gels at high concentrations (over 25%) such as those used in most Mall kiosks can often cause side effects such as teeth and gum sensitivity

We recommend that if you are looking to have your teeth whitened, then either use a professional dental surgeon, or if you prefer, invest in a proven home whitening kit – one that uses FDA approved products.

Approved Home Whitening Kits