Q: Why should I pay my dentist $700 to whiten my teeth when I could get it done at one of those teeth bleaching booths?
A: Are you not a bit skeptical having medical or dental treatment performed in a booth next to the Ginsu Knife demonstration at the Toilet and Urinal Manufacturers Association’s Convention?
Most of these booths are not manned by dentists. In Florida it is a Board of Dentistry violation to apply bleaching materials without the dentist being on the premises. These “carnival” booths try to get around it by making the customer apply the bleaching gel to there own teeth, making the claim that they are not “touching” a patient.
Before any type of dental treatment is performed, a dentists needs to examine the patients mouth and look for leaky restorations that could allow the solution to penetrate and cause severe sensitivity to the dental pulp (never bundles). He also needs to determine if you are not a candidate for this and are about to throw away some coin.
Who will follow up with you should you have any complications? Not the former Hooters girl who was operating the booth that day; she is now in St. Louis at another trade show.
By: Dr. Mitchell Josephs
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