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The Texas Dental Association wants the legislature to change the law, so that only licensed dentists can perform teeth whitening.
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1Can You Do Teeth Whitening If Not A Dentist?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
2Do You Have To Be Qualified To Do Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is considered to be practice of dentistry and can only be provided by registered dental professionals. In our experience, most patients actually only need a hygienist scale and airpolish to remove staining, and in any case this should be carried out before any further whitening is done.
3Is Home Teeth Whitening Illegal?
No. The law says that only registered dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists or clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist can legally and safely provide tooth whitening treatment.
4Can A Hygienist Clean Teeth Without A Dentist Present In Texas?
A dental hygienist may provide preventive dental hygiene services directly to a patient without a prior examination, presence, or authorization of a dentist. A dental hygienist may practice in any setting or facility that is documented in the dental hygienist’s access practice agreement.
5What Qualifications Do I Need To Whiten Teeth?
Only go to a registered dental professional for teeth whitening because whitening by people who aren’t qualified, for example in beauty salons, is illegal. Home kits also carry risks. Talk to your dentist first, before using a home kit.
6Can Anyone Whiten Teeth?
Teeth may be stained or discolored for a variety of reasons. If you want to make them brighter and whiter, you can do so safely. There are several options to choose from. You can visit your dentist for whitening treatments or try at-home whitening products.
7Who Can Perform Teeth Whitening In The Uk?
Despite the treatment being offered in beauty salons and kiosks across the UK, teeth whitening can only legally be carried out by a trained dental professional, such as a dentist or hygienist.
8Who Cannot Do Teeth Whitening?
If you are younger than 16, you are not a candidate for teeth whitening. This is because the pulp chamber in young teeth is larger than that of an adult, and whitening treatments could cause irritation. If you are pregnant or lactating, teeth whitening is not recommended.