Those from beauty parlors say the dentists are just trying to brush them out of a lucrative niche but then those from the dental industry assert that such is a crucial health and safety issue. All I wanted was to create something new and innovative for my business, the lady swore. The lady while blow drying a customer's freshly cut hair opened up how frustrated she felt that even before she had it going, she was already being threatened that they will shut her down. This is very much a cosmetic procedure and for her, they are on the right side of the law definitely.
It's very hard to know whether those bleaching trays or ultraviolet lights are hygienic or safe, shares a man who has been a dentist for 43 years and now consumer adviser and spokesman for the American Dental Association. People that serve in salons white coats facilitate the whitening by handing customers the trays to put into their own mouths or adjust the lights over these people's teeth all on there own are rampant lately. This makes the ADA fear that clients will believe that these salon people are actually health care experts. We can not tell easily what level of sterilization and disinfection is being done for these. Such is totally unregulated.
We now see many of the same products mostly home remedies, available in stores for customers to use by themselves and on themselves. What we feel now is that this ultimately boils down to a consumer rights issue, since consumers should have the right to whiten their teeth any way they want it done not foregoing the safety of it, though. Whitening at a salon or mall shop using bleaching trays or ultraviolet light usually costs $100 to $200. It can cost up to $400 and more at a dentist's office.
A Montgomery judge has ruled in favor of Alabama's dental board in a lawsuit brought by a company that supplies whitening products to salons and kiosk, finding that whitening constitutes the practice of dentistry and requires a license. This lawyer from Birmingham who represented the Alabama board in the case, shared that several states from New Mexico, Wyoming, Louisiana, North Carolina, and even Minnesota have been discussing the same matter and that most of them have agreed to what the Alabama judge ruled in favor of.
The board of dentistry in Tennessee last month, following complaints about mall stalls, changed its rules to clarify that whitening can only be executed by duly licensed dentists or hygienists and dental assistants under their direct supervision strictly. It is just irritating how we never touch the customer's mouth and neither do we touch the customer, period, and yet we are pointed to as practicing dentistry, states an obviously disconcerted owner of a salon.
It was good that Ohio's dental board agreed even as they had concerns on the unregulated use of these bleaching materials stating that whitening by nondentists is OK but they all have to make sure that they do it on their own such as positioning the light by themselves, putting the material on their own teeth, and does not let any other person touch their mouths ever. The board, in its decision, said that simply providing a consumer with the materials to make a tray and demonstrating to them how to apply materials to their teeth for bleaching purposes is not the practice of dentistry.
In the past 4 or maybe 5 years that have passed, we have seen the rise of teeth whitening procedures but this ADA spokesperson recalls that 7 years ago when he was in a cruise vessel, he had witnessed such practices already. The American Dental Association has a policy but that's not enforceable in any way, he said. Figuring out how they're going to handle it is what dental boards and governments of states have to do.