Dental TikTok trends get a lot of clicks. Sometimes people watch them because they are downright outrageous. Unfortunately, many people watch dental TikToks looking for hacks and hoping to improve their oral health or the appearance of their teeth, so you’ll want to be extra careful and make sure you beware of those TikTok dental trends.
Like so many social media trends and challenges, dental TikTok trends and hacks are often dangerous and can leave your teeth and mouth damaged instead of improved. Here are some of the top dental TikTok ideas that you should absolutely avoid.
DIY Tooth Whitening
Almost everyone wants a whiter and brighter smile. This is why you see so many teeth whitening products on the shelves at your local grocery store and pharmacy.
You must be careful with over the counter whitening products. Many do not achieve the type of dramatic results that are hoped for and they can be dangerous for your teeth in some cases.
While it is always best to go to your local dentist for teeth whitening applications, it is absolutely imperative that you do not use household products to try to whiten your teeth. TikTokers have advised people to use everything from laundry bleach to a magic eraser.
Do not ever for any reason attempt to whiten your own teeth with a product not designed for that purpose. Household products will damage your teeth and could have long term and even fatal results. Please be sure to call us if you have any questions about when and why you should whiten your teeth.
Dental Trends: Fangs for Humans
It might sound cute with your Halloween costume, but creating permanent fangs is not a good idea. If you are considering doing this dental trend yourself at home, it is an even worse idea.
One method has people filing their own teeth and then attempting to add shaped crowns or veneers to them. First of all, if you don’t like pain, you will hate filing your teeth. Even worse, the pain will continue even after you stop filing due to the damage you have done to the teeth. The teeth will also not last long as you will have dramatically damaged the enamel on them and weakened them. Also beware, you will not likely get the look you were hoping for.
Another commonly promoted social media method of getting fangs is by gluing them onto your natural teeth. This too is a bad idea. Any adhesive that you use is likely to damage your teeth and may irritate your gums as well. If the fake fangs come off, there is a good chance they will become a choking hazard.
If you really want fangs, there are fabulous prosthetics out there that look absolutely real and you can choose exactly the look you want. That way you can save yourself from having to make an appointment with an emergency dentist in Beverly Hills.
Dental Trend: DIY Tooth Filling
DIY tooth fillings start with using a file on your tooth, which as discussed above is just a bad idea. With this dental trend, you can supposedly fill the tooth with a putty material. This might sound like it would work, but it doesn’t.
When you fill a tooth yourself, you are unable to properly clean and repair the tooth. This means you are sealing the damage and infection inside the tooth. You might feel better for a few days but the infection will fester and grow. The end result is far worse damage than you originally had. The resulting damage and infection will require at least a course of antibiotics and a root canal and may lead to your losing the tooth altogether.
Always Consult Your Local Dentist
It is easy to get drawn into social media dental trends, especially if you are in pain or unhappy with how your smile looks. Don’t believe the hype. Beware of TikTok dental trends and steer clear of anything that sounds too good to be true. If you need help with dental problems or are in pain seek professional help.
The dentists at the Dental Group of Beverly Hills can help you get the healthy mouth and beautiful smile you desire. Visit us online or call (310) 929-6335 to schedule an appointment for any of our dental services and we’ll give you 5 reasons to smile for the rest of the year!