This trend will damage your enamel and cause you to spend a lot of money to get it fixed, which defeats the purpose of filing them down to save money.
A new TikTok trend has dentists worried because it could cause a lot of damage for that one minute of fame. In this new dangerous trend, people grind down their uneven teeth with nail files, reports Daily Mail. Several influencers have shared videos of themselves filing their teeth down to a straight line. These stars claim that this is a cheap and efficient way to straighten an assymetrical smile, without spending a bomb at the dentist's. But, according to professionals, this trend can cause permanent damage to a person's teeth. When someone grinds their tooth, they are filing away just the enamel and that destroys the tooth structure.
Enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that protects against the effect of harsh dietary acids. Once destroyed, it cannot be restored, and will lead to sensitivity and tooth decay ultimately. "The moment that you remove tooth structure, if you don't know what you're doing, you're doing irreparable damage and destruction to your teeth," Texas-based dentist Dr. Chad Evans told Business Insider. TikTok starlet Mia Dio was one of the first to share the video of her shaving down her teeth and it amassed a huge number of views. "I'm going to file my teeth down with a nail file because they're not perfect. I have some ridges, and we're balling on a budget … trigger warning," she tells her fans.
Professionals, however, have used the same platform to educate people, in a bid to stop them from doing this to themselves. Detroit dentist Dr Z. Mackie uploaded a video where she explains why users should avoid putting a nail file anywhere near their mouths. "Shaving your teeth down with a nail filer is no good... it can cause major sensitivity," she states. "If you shave too much off, you might need a filling or a crown," Mackie states, adding that those procedures can be quite expensive. Kinda beats the whole point of filing your nails to save some $$ at the dentist's, doesn't it?
YouTuber Ahn Minh shared a video of her filing her teeth about a year ago, with the caption: Filing my teeth with a nail filer after a slight accident that left my tooth chipped. So I’m a little crazy for doing this but it worked! Good thing I don’t have to go to the dentist. I’m a little bummed that my bunny teeth is no longer there but it’s ok. Live and learn from this experience and just remember to be careful always. Hope you guys like this video and find it useful in the case you need it in the future. The video has about 324,416 views, but someone left a comment saying that it's extremely dangerous to do this yourself.