TikTok is a popular social media platform, especially among teens and young adults. It has a unique format of short, rapid videos that constantly change based on views and engagement. This format makes it easy for prank challenges and dances to go viral, reaching large audiences in the millions. But, unfortunately, it also makes it easier for dangerous oral health “hacks” to trend. Below, the experts at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry explore four TikTok teeth trends that you and your kids need to avoid.
Filing teeth for crowns and veneers
When a tooth is damaged, crowns and veneers can restore a smile. Crowns cover individual teeth, while veneers cover sections or the entire row. A popular TikTok trend shows young adults filing their teeth into sharp nubs, similar to shark teeth. TikTok users claim they are preparing their teeth for crowns and veneers, but dentists warn against this.
There’s no reason for patients to file their teeth for crowns and veneers. Filing your teeth can crack them and damage the sensitive nerves in the center. In a dental office, your dentist will first numb you so that you won’t experience any pain during the process. They can also control how much they file and leave as much enamel as possible because you cannot get it back.
Molding new “teeth”
A popular trend on TikTok shows users molding teeth out of toxic clays, plastics and other materials. Individuals have molded fangs for Halloween or cosplaying, while others have molded small teeth to fill gaps in their smiles. Unfortunately, these teeth pose choking hazards and can put toxic chemicals into your body. Never make your own teeth! Instead, schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out what steps are best for you. A dentist can help you repair your smile safely, effectively, and long-lastingly.
Using hair ties for braces
We all want a straight, beautiful smile. Orthodontics is the dental practice of aligning teeth using braces or retainers. TikTok users have a different approach, though – and a dangerous one. Some users have begun putting small elastic hair ties around their teeth to “align” them. Of course, this practice doesn’t work because teeth are much stronger than elastic bands. But additionally, if these elastics snap or fall off, you could choke on them.
Whitening teeth at home
In addition to a straight smile, many people want a brilliant smile. Whitening teeth at home is one of the most common dental trends on TikTok. Although this may seem less dangerous than the other trends, whitening your teeth at home can cause much damage. Some of these trendy TikToks show individuals using household cleaners and bleaches directly on their teeth! Whitening your teeth at home can cause sensitivity, soreness and pain. You should always trust a dentist for your teeth whitening needs.
The Truth About Teeth and TikTok
The reality is, we all want straighter, whiter teeth. TikTok trends may reveal “hacks” to get those beautiful smiles, but the best thing you can do for your teeth – and your oral health – is to see your dentist every six months. Your dental team can work with you to find the best whitening, straightening and repairing processes for your unique smile. Schedule your appointment with Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry today!