A woman stole the identity of a dental professional to advertise illegal teeth-whitening services online at discount website, Groupon.
For those of us seeking cosmetic dental treatments, this serves as another reminder to always check the credentials of those offering cosmetic dental treatments.
The woman from Aylesbury, Bedfordshire, used the false identity – a dental professional’s name and GDC registration number – to advertise her services online.
Ms Kinga Musial pleaded guilty to offering teeth whitening services without being on the list of registered dental professionals at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court. Ms Mungial was sentenced on 21 September to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
She was ordered to pay the GDC’s costs of £3, 300.90.
Ms Musial offered an undercover investigator the illegal cosmetic treatment at Laser Beauty Clinic in Aylesbury, claiming she was a dentist.
Further investigation revealed that she’d been using Groupon to advertise her services using the name and registration number of a then registered dental professional.
Groupon immediately removed the advert and the company has not offered any further deals with the clinic.
Katie Spears, acting Head of Illegal Practice at the GDC, said: ‘This is our 18th successful prosecution in 2016 in which shows our commitment to protecting the public from unscrupulous providers.
‘Illegal tooth whitening is not a trivial matter as victims have been left with real and permanent damage to their teeth as a result of treatments.’
Only recently, the photos of a woman’s horrific third-degree burns on her lips went viral after she posted them on Facebook.
She shared them in a bid to draw attention to the health risks of illegal teeth whitening.