A dentist has called some of TikTok’s most popular DIY dental hacks dangerous and claims many of them will end up ruining your smile.
Whether it’s filing your teeth into “perfect” shape or using a magic eraser to remove stubborn stains, there seems to be a hack for every cosmetic dental problem.
But most cheap tricks will actually damage your teeth and could cost thousands of dollars to fix, veteran dentist Dr Heath Fraser told FEMAIL.
People are using TikTok to share their DIY dental hacks, including filing their own teeth and using rubber bands to ‘make them straight’, but experts warn it could cause lasting damage
The Queensland base explained that some of the hacks have been around for a long time, but the fact that they are now showing on TikTok is concerning.
“With over a billion active monthly users, many of them young and impressionable, TikTok has a huge influence on the minds and decision-making behaviors of its audience,” he said.
“In recent years, dental health trends have been posted on the platform and viewed by millions of users: these include teeth whitening with toxic cleaning products, tooth shaping, do-it-yourself teeth and encouraging users to self-treat cosmetic procedures after seeing ‘awesome’ cosmetic results from other users on the app,” he said.
Adding that anyone who follows trends not only puts their smile at risk, but in many cases their overall health.
Dr. Fraser has worked in the dental industry for over 15 years and wants people to understand that treatments used in clinics are rigorously tested and continually updated to ensure they are safe and effective.
They are also carried out by highly qualified health professionals.
Dr Heath Fraser, pictured, told FEMAIL that the top five DIY trends on TikTok are dangerous and will cause huge problems
TikTok’s trending hacks, including using a nail file to get your favorite teeth shape, aren’t.
Tip for shaping a nail file
In one video, a woman can be seen saying “no” over and over as she files her teeth.
She went on to say the video was shot two years before she uploaded it to TikTok – and she “loves her smile” and had no negative side effects from the DIY job.
Dr Fraser looked at the trend and said that although people were initially happy with the results, they complained about tooth sensitivity over time.
This is because they wear down the enamel, which ultimately leads to increased tooth decay, discoloration, and damage, including chips and cracks.
“Using any object to intentionally erode the surface of a tooth is highly irresponsible; once the tooth enamel is removed, it is impossible to regenerate,” he said,
Using TikTok hacks is more likely to lead to serious long-term dental problems – including permanently stained and cracked teeth
“Even when performed in the dental chair by a professional, patients run the risk of eroding their tooth enamel.
“Patients trying to shape their teeth themselves may need invasive procedures such as fillings, crowns, veneers, and even root canal treatment to address the erosion problem.”
Charcoal dental products have become a phenomenon on various social platforms.
Many TikTok users have detailed their experience of using activated charcoal to whiten their teeth, showing noticeably brighter before and after results.
But there is a risk of discoloration and damage when used long-term, he explained.
“Ironically, while early results may reveal whiter teeth, using highly abrasive surfaces against the teeth will wear down the enamel and expose the yellow dentin underneath, making them appear permanently yellower,” he said. -he declares.
Some people have started using magic gums to get a pearly white smile – but Dr Fraser says that too will just destroy your teeth in the long run.
Use a magic eraser
A video showing off the magic easer trend has been viewed 400,000 times within hours – with dozens of people commenting to say they plan to try the hack at home.
Dr Fraser said using something like a magic eraser may seem to work – but leads to long-term yellowing
Others commented after trying it out, praising the trick and saying they had “no regrets” about using the gum on their teeth.
‘Similar to charcoal brushing, the magic eraser wears away a stained layer of enamel with a highly abrasive surface, and while it may make teeth initially appear whiter in a short TikTok video, the long-term consequences of the Enamel wear can lead to teeth that are discolored, sensitive and, in rare cases, cracked or chipped,” he said.
The next teeth whitening hack is to brush with peroxide.
It became a huge trend after a TikTok influencer bought the chemical from the supermarket and applied it directly to his teeth.
The woman said the chemical was often found in dentist-approved whitening kits, implying it was safe. But Dr. Fraser says that’s far from the truth.
“Using high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide on your teeth and gums poses an irreversible risk to the health of your teeth and can lead to tooth sensitivity, irritated gums and lips,” he said.
“Having whiter teeth is not necessarily correlated with healthy teeth, and patients should prioritize the health of their mouth to avoid painful consequences,” he added.
The latest Dr Fraser hated TikTok hack is DIY braces.
DIY Elastic Suspenders
He understands that having straight teeth is a priority for many Australians, but says it should always be left to a professional.
Dr Fraser says rubber band hacking has been popular due to the high cost of braces – but adds it will likely cost more in the long run.
One such video showed a man bonding a traditional braces kit to his teeth using Gorilla glue.
The video has been viewed by more than ten million people, showing how quickly “bad news” can spread on the platform.
Some people use DIY brace kits – but Dr Fraser says these kits are only effective when used by a professional – and should never be attached with Gorilla Glue
“Thin and tight elastic bands used by users on social media can penetrate the gumline, severely damaging the soft tissues of your mouth, which can ultimately lead to serious irreversible damage, including the loss of your tooth from the root” , did he declare.
And while your teeth will likely move, Dr. Fraser says the result won’t necessarily be better, cosmetically speaking.
Gorilla glue is “next level” according to the dentist.
“Using toxic substances and attempting to administer your own braces can also lead to serious health consequences, such as severe poisoning and tooth loss,” he said.
Dr. Fraser also runs a dental comparison network, AirSmile, a platform where people can compare dentists in their area to find the one that meets their needs.