Teenager's gums burnt away in search for perfect smile

Teenager's gums burnt away in search for perfect smile
Published: 2016 October 23 11:15:13 (6432 Views)
A 19-year-old woman had 70% of her gums burnt away and lost two teeth in her search for a Hollywood smile after a teeth whitening process went wrong leaving her with £5,000 of damage to her mouth.

The woman who carried it out watched television in her flat while working on 19-year-old trainee legal assistant Megan.

Cheryl Roberts was fined £660 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs – £2,000 of them to Megan – for doing dental work illegally.

It is the latest in a series of cases where high-street teeth-whitening work has gone badly wrong.

Dental regulators who prosecuted Roberts say the case showed how dangerous the procedure can be unless carried out by a qualified dentist.

Megan said: "I should never have gone for it. There wasn't really anything wrong with my teeth.



"I was devastated when my dentist said I'll have to wear a brace and put two fake teeth in while I wait for veneers.

"I'll also need a bone graft as well to keep my teeth in place. He said the product she used burnt 70 per cent of my gums, which means my teeth will eventually fall out as they are hanging on by a thread."

Megan had no idea of the risk she was taking as Roberts put whitening gel on her teeth and sat her under a laser lamp in her flat in Waterloo, Liverpool, for 45 minutes.

Megan said: "While I was under the light she was watching a film with her husband in the same room. She said the two bottom teeth were more stained than the others so she put extra gel on them.

"My teeth were sore and my gums were burning while getting it done.

"When I told her she said it was normal. A couple of days later I noticed my teeth had moved. The two bottom ones were raised."

Now Megan, of Croxteth, Liverpool, has had to give up singing in pubs at weekends. She said: "I'm so conscious of my teeth."



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