The regulating body for the practice of dentistry in the UK is the General Dental Council, also know as the GDC. The General Dental Council views all the tooth whitening procedures (including bleach and laser treatments) as a practice of the dentistry, therefore the GDC can give advice of such procedures and keep database of registered practitioners of such procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth.
The GDC has now long ago changed is position according with which only dentist could undertake tooth whitening, and expanded the list of authorised persons to carry such treatments in addition to dentist to: dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians. However, this persons would be able to carry tooth whitening treatment only on the prescription of a dentist, according with GDC Regulations.
Before taking any tooth whitening treatment anywhere, we strongly recommend that you check the GDC registrar to see if the persons carrying the treatment is authorised to do so by the GDC. You can easily check the GDC registrar here:
It has been seen in many cases that such treatments are carried by un-authorised persons, which do not posses enough skills to practice such treatments. In some cases this actions could have a very bad impact to the tooth whitening service user.
As you can see on the GDC website, where there is sufficient evidence that the regulations are broke by dental practices or beauty salons or individuals, the GDC might take legal action including prosecution. You can find such cases on the GDS press releases section:
More details about tooth whitening standards can be found also on the General Dental Council website by visiting: