Tooth whitening is lightening the appearance of a natural tooth and removal of surface staining.

New E.U. legislation  on 31st October, 2012 dictates that tooth whitening can legally  ONLY  be carried out by Dentists, Dental Hygienists/Therapists, and under  the prescription of a Dentist.

The maximum concentration is set as 6% hydrogen peroxide (= 16% carbamide peroxide)

The maximum allowed for 'over-the-counter' systems is     0.1% hydrogen peroxide

at borderperio

we recommend the home bleaching tray system

This system allows you to be in control, how quickly you whiten your teeth,which teeth you want to whiten, and you can regulate and control any possible sensitivity.

it involves 2 visits  -  after an initial assement from a dentist (either your own, or from Teviot Dental),  if your teeth are unsuitable for whitening, you will advised at this stage.

first appointment consists of;

impressions of your upper and lower teeth 

shade taken of pre-whitened teeth

photograph of pre-whitened teeth

consent form


precision custom made soft contoured trays are then fabricated by a dental laboratory

second appointment consists of;

fitting of the whitening trays,

supplying the hydrogen peroxide compound < 6%

full advice on its application

usually an optimum result is achieved after 14 nights of using the trays, each of 2 to 6 hours

Please note, tooth whitening is not allowed on any person under the age of 18 years.*

*new legislation, June, 2014

the GDC lift the restriction on under 18 years olds*

This is an extract. from the General Dental Council.

Tooth whitening leaflet front cover

Action on illegal tooth whitening

Tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry - legally, it can only be carried out by dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, or clinical dental technicians working to a dentist's prescription.

If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, it makes good sense to do your homework first, as you would before purchasing any major item, including checking that the provider you are considering is legally entitled to carry out tooth whitening.
You can find lots of useful information on our website.

In December 2014, we prosecuted two illegal practice cases, both of which involved illegal tooth whitening. In one case, Nathan Holliday, who was found to be carrying out tooth whitening illegally, was ordered to pay more than £7,800 in costs, fines and a victim surcharge at Sheffield Magistrates' Court. You can read more here

And in a landmark case on 26 January, we secured our first prosecution of an illegal tooth whitening training provider. Martyn Collier, sole director of 'Smile Like the Stars Training Limited', was found guilty of two offences of unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening, and was found guilty in his absence at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court. 

You can read more about the case here. It was also featured in the South Wales Argus.