Dentists blast TikTok stars for grinding down their teeth with NAIL FILES


‘You’re doing irreparable damage and destruction!’ Dentists blast TikTok stars for dangerous new trend that sees them grinding down their teeth with NAIL FILES in a bid to create a symmetrical smile

  • Popular TikTok stars have been partaking in the trend in recent months
  • Several claim that using a nail file has helped their teeth to become straighter and more even 
  • But dentists say the practice destroys tooth enamel and will ultimately lead to a myriad of problems  

Dentists are hitting out against a dangerous new trend on TikTok, in which people grind down their uneven teeth with nail files.  

Several influencers have taken to the popular social media app in recent months to share videos of themselves partaking in the dangerous practice. 

But while the TikTok stars proclaim that the simple hack helps make their smiles more symmetrical, professionals say it can cause permanent damage to a person’s teeth. 

Dentists say the influencers are filing away at enamel, which ultimately destroys the structure of a tooth. 

Enamel – which cannot be restored – is the outer layer of a tooth that protects against the effect of harsh dietary acids. A lack of enamel can cause extreme sensitivity, and eventually lead to tooth decay. 

‘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.  

Several influencers have taken to the popular social media app in recent months to share videos of themselves partaking in the dangerous practice

Dentists are hitting out against a dangerous new trend on TikTok, in which people grind down their uneven teeth with nail files. Several influencers have taken to the popular social media app in recent months to share videos of themselves partaking in the dangerous practice

Back in June, TikTok starlet Mia Dio was one of the first influencers to share a video of herself shaving down her teeth, with her video receiving more than 50,000 ‘likes’. 

‘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 being brandishing a nail file. 

‘It’s literally working!’ she subsequently gushed. 

Many of her impressionable fans left comments, including: ‘I’ve thought about doing this so many times. Omg they look good!’

Another cooed: ‘Did this last week! It def works!  

Detroit dentist Dr Z. Mackie uploaded her own video explaining why users should avoid putting a nail file anywhere near their mouths

Detroit dentist Dr Z. Mackie uploaded her own video explaining why users should avoid putting a nail file anywhere near their mouths

 But professionals have used TikTok to hit back, and get the message out to users that the practice is dangerous.

Detroit dentist Dr Z. Mackie uploaded her own video explaining 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 additionally states, adding that those procedures can be quite costly.   

'Shaving your teeth down with a nail filer is no good... it can cause major sensitivity': Professionals are warning against DIY dental work made popular by TikTokers

‘Shaving your teeth down with a nail filer is no good… it can cause major sensitivity’: Professionals are warning against DIY dental work made popular by TikTokers 

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