A bogus dentist has been fined £5,000 for whitening the teeth of patients at a Sheffield clinic.
Thomas Wilson worked at Wow Teeth Whitening on Sharrow Vale Road, Sharrowvale, despite not being a qualified dentist.
He was found guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court of unlawfully using the title ‘dentist’ and illegal tooth whitening, and was fined £2,500 for each offence.
Wilson, who is not registered with the General Dental Council, was also ordered to pay a £250 victim surcharge and costs of £2,071.85.
The General Dental Council launched an investigation into Wow Teeth Whitening after a series of complaints about an unregistered dentist offering illegal tooth whitening there.
Victoria Sheppard-Jones, Interim Head of the GDC's Illegal Practice team, said: “The GDC's role is to protect patients and work to maintain public confidence in the dental profession.
"Part of the way we achieve this is by regulating dental professionals and investigating and, where appropriate prosecuting, cases of illegal practice.
“To ensure patient safety, tooth whitening can only be carried out by dentists and dental care professionals who are registered with the GDC.
The GDC investigates and where appropriate prosecutes those who carry out illegal dentistry, to ensure that members of the public are protected and not put at risk.”
District Judge Paul Healey described the offence as 'particularly serious' and said that Wilson's patients had been placed at 'serious risk'.
He added: “People who choose to have their teeth whitened need to be assured individuals are qualified and registered to do so.”