Wo­man’s il­le­gal teeth treat­ment

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

A WO­MAN suf­fered ter­ri­ble pain after re­ceiv­ing an il­le­gal teeth whiten­ing treat­ment in her liv­ing room.

The vic­tim and her part­ner paid a to­tal of £54 for the one-hour pro­ce­dure, ad­ver­tised on Face­book by Mo­bile Teeth Whiten­ing York­shire.

The wo­man suf­fered al­most in­stant pain and woke the next morn­ing with her mouth full of blis­ters. The man who car­ried out the treat­ments, James Wil­lis, was prac­tis­ing il­le­gally as he was not a reg­is­tered den­tist. Kirklees mag­is­trates yes­ter­day found him guilty of two charges of prac­tis­ing as an un­reg­is­tered den­tist after he failed to turn up for the hear­ing in Hud­der­s­field.

Jenny Ste­wart, prose­cut­ing on be­half of the Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil, ex­plained that only den­tists reg­is­tered with the reg­u­lated body could carry out teeth whiten­ing pro­ce­dures.

She said: “Any­body not reg­is­tered with the GDC can­not carry out this treat­ment.

“Mr Wil­lis is not and never has been reg­is­tered with the GDC.”

She ex­plained that the fe­male vic­tim re­searched teeth whiten­ing on­line and came across Mo­bile Teeth Whiten­ing York­shire. Ms Ste­wart said: “The Face­book page had 9,000 fol­low­ers so she thought it was rep­utable and con­tacted the owner of that page.

“She said that she and her part­ner wanted to have their teeth whitened and set up an ap­point­ment.”

Wills, 36, vis­ited the cou­ple’s home in Bailiff Bridge, Brig­house, on Fe­bru­ary 1.

He ar­rived with two black sports bags con­tain­ing the teeth whiten­ing equip­ment and car­ried out the pro­ce­dure.

This in­volved ap­ply­ing hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide to the teeth to re­move stains and then blue gel ap­plied us­ing a sy­ringe and then left to harden.

Wil­lis then used a mouth opener as he ap­plied a clear gel to the teeth and placed a UV light close to the cou­ple’s mouths to ac­ti­vate the whiten­ing agent.

Ms Ste­wart said: “Ten min­utes into the treat­ment she be­gan ex­pe­ri­enc­ing shoot­ing pain in her front two teeth.

“He told her that she just had sen­si­tive teeth and would be fine in a day or two.” Wil­lis didn’t take a med­i­cal his­tory and was abrupt when the wo­man said she wanted to stop the treat­ment, telling her that she wouldn’t get her money back. Ms Ste­wart said: “The next day she woke up with blis­ters on her up­per lip and they con­tin­ued to weep through­out the day. “Her lip swelled and she found it dif­fi­cult to talk, eat and drink. “She con­tacted Mr Wil­lis through the same Face­book group. The com­plainant had lip fillers and he hid be­hind that and said that it must

The next day she woke up with blis­ters on her up­per lip.

be some­thing to do with that.” The com­plainant con­tacted her doc­tor who ad­vised her to re­port Wil­lis to the GDC.

Her part­ner didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence the same pain but said he suf­fered from sen­si­tive teeth and also strug­gled to eat.

Ms Ste­wart added: “The pa­tient harm was quite se­vere. The cou­ple paid £54 for two peo­ple, which is on the lower side but not the low­est I’ve pros­e­cuted which is £10. The treat­ment should cost £300 to £400, which per­haps is re­as­sur­ingly ex­pen­sive.”

Mag­is­trates found the charges proved and fined Wil­lis, of Wal­nut Street in Keigh­ley, £440. He will gave to pay a to­tal of £225 to the com­plainants and the full pros­e­cu­tion costs of £4,150.

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