TikTok users have been warned by dentists to not follow the latest beauty trend of using nail files to grind down teeth in order to create a more even appearance.
Across the popular social media platform TikTok, videos are being shared in which people are attempting to make their teeth more even by grinding them down with a nail file. Not only is this not effective, but dentists have also warned that the trend is dangerous as it could cause permanent damage to the tooth structure.
To make matters worse, those that have attempted the trend could be forced to pay for “expensive and extensive” treatment in order to reverse any damage that has been done.
Determined for people to stop this beauty trend, dentists and dental hygienist specialists have started to use the TikTok app to share videos of their own. In the clips, they explain how users should not file their own teeth, as there could be complications.
Iman Sayed, a dental hygienist who often takes to the app to share dental tips, has warned that people should be aware of this trend and its irreversible damage.
In one clip, she slammed the trend saying: “Our teeth are made up of layers. If you destroy your enamel by filing down your teeth you will never get it back.
“You may end up with extreme tooth sensitivity or even cause enough damage to kill the tooth. A dead tooth needs extensive and expensive treatment if you want to keep it.
“Don’t consider doing this, seriously.”
Lead dentist and owner of the Simply Teeth Clinic, Sunny Sihra, has echoed Imran’s concerns to the Metro, she said: “Filing down your teeth using a nail file is incredibly damaging and could cause permanent damage to the tooth structure as well as the enamel around the edge of the tooth.
“You cannot regrow tooth enamel, so the damage is irreversible. Any cosmetic contouring should only be done by a professional with appropriate sterilised instruments.”
He then added that filing your teeth so that they are an even length prevents them from “remaining strong and healthy for longer”.
Dentist Kailesh Solanki, an advisor to dentalphobia.co.uk, has agreed that although it may sound like a quick and easy fix, it’s undoubtedly going to cause problems at some point – if not right away.
Dr Kailesh Solanki said: “Filing, if not carried out professionally by a dentist, could easily crack the teeth and even leave roots exposed to infection which could not only be very painful but may ultimately result in bone loss and the need for extensive dentistry work.
“People filing down their teeth, as seen on TikTok, run the risk of damaging healthy tooth tissue or enamel, potentially causing issues such as sensitivity or pain.”