Guidance Issued on Teeth Whitening
The New York State Board for Dentistry has finally approved a guidance on teeth
whitening. It is outlined below. NYSDA will be developing materials about this
topic for members and patients making it public that the application of teeth
whitening products by or with the assistance of someone who is not a licensed
dentist or dental hygienist may constitute the illegal practice of the
profession of dentistry, which is a crime.
GUIDANCE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD FOR DENTISTRY
consumers in New York State have been exposed to a significant number of
products involving teeth whitening. While certain over-the-counter products may
be safe, other products available for self application or through retail outlets
have the potential to cause harm.
- Underlying dental health conditions may make a patient a poor candidate for
certain teeth whitening processes. These processes may not be effective, and may
actually do harm to a patient’s teeth and gums.
- The application of teeth whitening products in a retail outlet, not subject
to the infection control requirements of a dental office, creates a risk of
disease transmission for the consumer and individuals working in such an
- The application of teeth whitening products by or with the assistance of
someone who is not a licensed dentist or dental hygienist may constitute the
illegal practice of the profession of dentistry, which is a crime.
The State Board for Dentistry office will refer any allegations of the
illegal practice of dentistry to the Office of Professional Discipline for
investigation. Individuals should consult with a licensed dental health
professional and have their overall dental health evaluated before making
decisions regarding teeth whitening products and services.