Dentists have warned people against the trend. However, the challenge continues.
Social-media platforms are the trendsetters of today. While some of these trends are fun and interesting, others are just bizarre. A recent fad is all about people filing their teeth to sharp pegs. It is done in order to achieve the "perfect smile" with the help of veneers. Posting #veneerscheck, many have taken to various social media platforms to show off their shaved teeth before getting the expensive cosmetic procedure done, according to Insider.
TikTok has reached new lows with this veneers check pic.twitter.com/r424aKZ0HS— eric rivera (@ercthms) February 5, 2020
While many of us are shocked by this, aware that shaving your natural teeth is not a genius idea, some needed to be reminded of it by medical experts. Some doctors used TikTok to educate people about the aftereffects of filing their enamel. Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri told people that the practice would cause damage to the nerves. "Shaving teeth down to pegs like that is going to damage the nerve and you're going to need a root canal treatment and an extraction at some point in your life," she said. She also reminded people of the financial burden it would land them on.
"The second point, veneers or crowns will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years typically. She is going to need to replace them probably four or five times throughout her life, if not more," she said. "Not only the financial burden is going to be an issue, secondly it's gonna be a biological burden because the tooth physically can't be prepared and re-prepared every single time," she added.
Okay so I just found out about this TikTok trend... WTF is wrong with these kids??!? https://t.co/6OCqW4GrbW— Morticia Addamz (@_MorticiaAddamz) December 3, 2020
Another Dentist Emi Mowson told users that shaving down teeth into "stumps" is not meant for veneers. Rather, it is done for crown preparations. She stated, "As long as your teeth are aligned veneers, require minimal to no preparation whatsoever. The veneers are much less disruptive to the teeth. I think it's really important to understand the difference between veneers and crowns, particularly if you're someone that's considering cosmetic dental treatment."
What's an easier, SAFER, and pearl.-approved way to get an even smile? Get porcelain veneers! Say no to this dangerous TikTok trend: https://t.co/NmvJaKvRJf— pearl. dentistry (@pearlCLT) September 23, 2020
Although the trend is evidently appealing to many, there are others who are not on the same page. "And all for vanity! So they naively think that once they get that "perfect" smile they will be happy! For awhile if successful but then what's next? Lose a stone, get botox and get a hair transplant? Then they'll be happy! It never stops," wrote one on Facebook.
Another stated, "Bloody disgusting! A mouth with natural wonky and/or overcrowded teeth looks so much nicer than that! I know I’d rather my natural teeth to shaving them down to get the “perfect” smile." One concerned person wrote, "Oh my goodness, what are they thinking of? who does this, it is damaging the enamel, leaving teeth open to rot."