UK cosmetologist sentenced for illegal tooth whitening


TORQUAY, UK: A cosmetologist from Torquay has been successfully prosecuted for offering tooth-whitening treatment illegally. Carl Espano, who pleaded guilty to practising dentistry although not registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), has been ordered to pay a fine of £1,872.


According to a report by, Torquay has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. Furthermore, the cosmetologist has been ordered to pay full costs to the GDC of £857.

Espano, in mitigation of his actions, raised the House of Lords’ judgement in the case of “Optident and Another v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Another [2001] UKHL 32”. However, the magistrates appeared to give this argument little or no weight when determining his sentence.

“This is a serious offence, particularly for potential victims, as you did not have any indemnity in place for any damage you might have done to any teeth,” the Magistrates told Espano. “In addition, should you have damaged the adult teeth, a patient only has one set. Accordingly we view this as a serious offence.”

Chief Executive and Registrar of the GDC, Evlynne Gilvarry, said: “We are committed to taking action against people who offer tooth whitening unlawfully. They are a risk to the people they treat and it is our duty act to ensure public safety.”

In the UK, tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and can only be offered by those registered with the GDC.



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