By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 14:25 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 14:26 GMT, 4 December 2019
A mother has claimed her gums were left 'severely burned' after a botched teeth whitening procedure.
Áoife Wills fears she has 'permanent damage' and will need a gum graft because of the Beauty salon treatment.
Miss Wills, of Monaghan, Republic of Ireland, shared pictures of the blackened skin around her teeth on Facebook.
Teeth whitening should always be done by a dentist because they are qualified to do it correctly. Ms Wills claims the salon - which hasn't been named - did not use a protective gel.
Áoife Wills has posted horrifying photos of her 'severely burned' gums after a botched tooth whitening procedure in Monaghan
Photos show Ms Wills' blackened skin around her top teeth after teeth whitening
Ms Wills shared the photos with the caption: 'Just a warning to people!! On Saturday I went to a Beauty salon in Monaghan to get my teeth whitened, I put my trust in these people to do their job correctly!
'However I have now been left with my gums severely burnt and in serious pain! I had to go to the dentist today to get them checked and get an X-ray thankfully my teeth haven't being damaged I am very lucky.
'However they don't yet know what way my gums are going to heal after this! Dentist explained that there should have being a protective gel put on the gums before the procedure which did not happen, it has nothing to do with my teeth or gums!
'Simply their fault!! Seriously anyone looking to get teeth whitened please go to a dentist and get it done correctly!'
Tooth whitening is a procedure which uses bleach powder or gel to lighten enamel on teeth by several shades.
According to the NHS website, tooth whitening is a form of dentistry which should only be carried out by qualified professionals.
If carried out in Beauty salons by staff either untrained or lacking the correct dental qualifications, it is illegal.
Risks include an ill-fitting mouthguard, which may cause bleaching gel to