‘Leave dentistry to dentists’: Essex Road woman fined £4k for illegal tooth whitening

Glitz and Glamour in Essex Road, Islington. Picture: Google StreetView

Glitz and Glamour in Essex Road, Islington. Picture: Google StreetView - Credit: Archant

A woman has been fined over £4,000 for illegal tooth whitening at an Essex Road salon.

Carter Spencer-O’Brien carried out the banned practice on April 21 at Glitz & Glamour, in 210, Essex Road.

The General Dental Council sent a warning letter, but Ms Spencer-O’Brien continued, resulting in her prosecution.

She was found guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Ms Spencer-O’Brien, who didn’t attend the case, was fined £2,000. She must also pay the council’s £2,066 legal costs and a £200 victim surcharge.

Helen Lyle, senior prosecutions lawyer at the General Dental Council, said: “Illegal dental practice is a real concern for us and another successful prosecution represents one more step towards public protection.


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“Tooth whitening is exclusively the practice of dentistry. This is of great importance because unregistered individuals have neither the qualifications, the skill, nor adequate training to safely carry out treatment.

“Illegal tooth whitening can result in significant, permanent damage to teeth and we strongly urge any member of the public to check our online list of registered dental professionals.”

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