When you hear “TikTok,” what comes to mind? For many, it’s dance videos, health hacks, and beauty advice. However, this popular app is also becoming a place for dangerous dental trends. From at-home teeth whitening solutions to DIY vampire fangs, millions of people are being influenced to tamper with their oral health for the worse. The latest offender? The “Veneers Check” trend. Keep reading to learn what it is and why it’s so dangerous.
The “Veneers Check” Trend: What It Is & Why It’s Dangerous
“Veneers Check” is a trend where people are filing down their completely healthy, aesthetically pleasing teeth in preparation for getting veneers. To be blunt, there are a few aspects of this trend that are downright horrifying. To start, TikTok users see this trend and leave comments saying they want to get the procedure as well. While there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to enhance your smile, many of these people are extremely young. Filing down all of their teeth at such an early age can lead to the premature need for dentures. Additionally, many of those participating in the “Veneers Check” trend are actually getting dental crowns, not veneers. These two treatments are completely different, leading to misinformation and unmet expectations.
The Differences Between Veneers & Dental Crowns
Now that you know veneers and dental crowns are two very different treatments, you may be wondering what exactly sets them apart. The key distinction is function. While dental crowns have cosmetic benefits, they are largely a restorative treatment designed to protect a decayed or otherwise damaged tooth. Veneers, on the other hand, are a cosmetic dental treatment that is designed to address a variety of aesthetic imperfections, like minor misalignment and pigmented discoloration. Another key difference is that veneers typically aren’t recommended for your back teeth and molars due to the extensive pressure they bear during the chewing process.
Why You Should Always Consult with Your Dentist First
If you are unhappy with the look or function of your smile, you should talk to your dentist before attempting to take matters into your own hands. After all, they have an in-depth understanding of your dental history, oral health needs, and smile goals. Plus, they will consider what’s best for your teeth now and 20 years from now, ensuring you can enjoy a beautiful, fully functional smile throughout the years. So, instead of turning to TikTok for dental advice and inspiration, schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist!
About the Author
When Dr. Megan Shelton graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry with her dental doctorate, she made her childhood dream of being a dentist a reality! Today, she has more than 15 years of experience helping patients achieve smiles that are as beautiful as they are healthy. Her advanced training from the world-renowned KOIS Center, emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, and active membership with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry set her approach to patient care above the rest! So, if you’d like to learn more about veneers or want to enhance your smile, don’t hesitate to visit her website or give her a call at 760-434-9800.