There’s a new trend on TikTok almost daily. From the newest dance moves to memes, hashtag challenges, self-care, and now dental trends.
One emerging trend on TikTok may seem harmless but is extremely alarming to dentists and orthodontists everywhere. A recent trend shows TikTokers taking matters into their own hands to fix their uneven teeth by filing them down with nail files. Yikes!
Our very own Dr. Ben Winters (TikTok’s @thebentist
) spoke out against the trend and made several supporting Tiktok videos about the dangers of filing down your own teeth. Buzzfeed
published an article featuring Dr. Winters’
Tiktok videos and his warnings on filing down your own teeth.
Dr. Winters says, “As an orthodontist, you know the healthy limits of enamel and tooth removal…and shaving off your tooth is something you’ll never get back! I feel like it’s my obligation as an influencer and health professional to help kids and adults on the app. I want to help prevent anyone from doing something irreversible to themselves just because it looks cool online!”
He goes on to explain the anatomy of teeth and the potential dangers of filing your own teeth at home. “Everyone only has a certain amount of enamel that can be removed before you reach your Dentin layer and the nerve/pulp. Filing too far can cause serious pain, nerve damage, and increased