Illegal tooth whitening
If you are considering offering tooth whitening and you are not on our register, you are likely to be breaking the law and you are putting yourself at risk of prosecution in the criminal courts.
The GDC is keen to engage with, and provide accurate information to, those who may have been misled into believing they can legally provide tooth whitening treatment. Please do not ignore our warning letters if you have received one - get in touch to discuss your position.
If we receive complaints that someone who is not on our register has offered or provided tooth whitening treatment, we take these very seriously because of the risk this poses to patient safety. We will investigate all complaints in line with our Prosecution Policy and, where appropriate, we will prosecute them in the criminal courts.
These cases carry an unlimited fine in the England and Wales and the courts have shown that they take them very seriously, sometimes fining individuals thousands of pounds. Details of our previous prosecutions can be found in our news section.
If you are concerned about tooth whitening products that you have seen on sale, we have more information to assist you.