British Spa Used Industrial Bleach To Whiten Teeth

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When we say that you need to do your homework before you pick your cosmetic professional, we’re not kidding. One 23-year-old British woman didn’t hear our advice before almost destroying her teeth last month.

The UK newspaper Telegraph reported that Stephanie Ramezan fell for an “extremely professional” ad by a spa for an unusually inexpensive professional teeth-whitening procedure. The spa used chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleaching agent and acidic disinfectant.

When Stephanie’s teeth started turning brown, she demanded her money back. But it wasn’t enough to cover the repair work her dentist, Dr. Oliver Harman, had to do. “What immediately worried me is that they seem to have used strong chemicals that include orthophosphoric acid, which is what dentists use to dissolve enamel when bonding fillings,” Dr. Harman told Telegraph. “They hadn’t even bothered to scrape the plaque off Stephanie’s teeth before bleaching.”

The president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Christopher Orr, had this to say about the situation: “We are seeing many cases of people who, driven either by convenience or cheap pricing, choose to have their teeth whitened at local 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 harm.”

No matter what procedure you want, do your research, and make sure you’re going to someone qualified for the job.

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