At Dr. Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin, we offer professional teeth whitening services. Sometimes, as we browse the Internet, we see online advertising for ‘free teeth whitening kits.’ Make no mistake, we do not consider them our competition: far from it! This blog post is, in fact, a caveat emptor – buyer beware.
You’ve probably seen those ads, too. Some show a ‘real Leduc mom’ who discovered a ‘tooth whitening secret’. Others assure you that their system is the one that ‘Camrose dentists don’t want you to know about’. Many contain a link to a page that contains a convincing tooth whitening testimonial. They bolster their legitimacy by aligning themselves with respected companies such as CNN, USA Today and Forbes.
Unfortunately, most of these are fraudulent. In a recent article, U.S. regulators explained the scam:
The countless websites for various teeth whitening products claim to offer a no-risk, money back guarantee, free trial of the product. To sign up, customers must provide a credit or debit card number to cover shipping. Complainants to BBB state that they are billed before their trial ends and continue to be billed after they have told the company they want to cancel.
Complainants also may find mystery charges for other companies and services that they didn’t realize they were signing up for with their ‘free’ trial.
Complaints have been lodged about the following company/product names:
- Dazzle White
- White Smile
- Teeth Smile
- Dazzle Smile
- Ivory White
- Max White
- My Whitening
- Gleaming White Smile
- Advanced Wellness Research
Don’t trust your smile to an internet fraudster! Your teeth whitening dental office is the only place for safe teeth whitening. You don’t want to take a chance with your credit card number or your tooth enamel! Call us at Dr. Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin for advanced cosmetic dentistry and worry-free whitening. Make an appointment with us today.
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