Social media is a great way to connect with friends, learn new things, and discover fun “life hacks” to make our lives more efficient. While there’s no denying the convenience and entertainment factor of such hacks, they can be downright dangerous sometimes. Here are some social media dental trends we’d recommend skipping:
DIY Teeth Whitening
Coffee, red wine, and tea can all lead to stained teeth. It’s a common problem that countless people have turned to social media to try and solve. DIY teeth whitening tips recommended on places like Instagram can actually do more harm than good. Strawberries, for instance, have been touted as a natural way to bleach your smile. Unfortunately, the malic acid contained in strawberries can also eat away at enamel. That’s not to say you should avoid strawberries at all costs – we’d just advise against using them as an at-home whitening treatment. The same goes for charcoal, lemons, limes, and coconut oil. If you’re really unhappy with the color of your teeth, your dentist can offer safe options for a whiter smile.
Filing Down Uneven Teeth
Nothing will make a dentist cringe harder than a TikTok video of someone filing down their teeth with a nail file. While influencers will tell you this is a fast, easy way to even out your smile, there may be long-reaching consequences. Nail files are highly abrasive and chip away at your enamel. This can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and other dental issues. If you don’t have professional dental training, don’t attempt to alter your teeth cosmetically. It’s just a bad idea!
Tooth gems are rising in popularity amongst young adults, celebrities, and rap stars. While adding a little rhinestone to your smile might sound appealing at first, the reality of these additions set in fast. These gems are glued to the surface of the tooth with adhesive, which can wear away at your enamel. They also make brushing and flossing more challenging. If you’re eager for a shiny smile, you’d be better off with a professional whitening treatment.
If you’re feeling unsatisfied with your smile, it’s best to speak with your dentist about your options. DIY methods are never worth the risk!