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The Whole Tooth: DIY Dentistry A Definite Do Not

By Dr. Robert Kelly, D.M.D.

The Whole Tooth: DIY Dentistry A Definite Do Not

I still have not downloaded the TikTok app on my phone (and probably never will) but I am not completely clueless and at least know what it is. It apparently for the past few years has been a place people frequented for the latest in social media (boy, do I feel old).
In a recent Newsweek article there was an interesting story about a 19-year- old TikTok user who used a nail file to shape her teeth into the perfect smile. As it turns out, based on my informal review of previous stories, the practice of DIY at-home dentistry rarely works out well!
In this case, the girl, Christina, started at age 10 when she decided she wanted fang teeth. So she started using a nail file to shape her teeth. Was this when vampires were all the rage? Remember Twilight?
Years went by and she then decided she did not like the prominent front teeth in her mouth and started sculpting her teeth again. The Michigan native decided to post this to TikTok where it got 23.8 million views, 1.4 million likes, and 6,900 comments. Christina remarked that after posting her video of her shaped teeth “the reaction was a mixture between shock and relating to my craziness.”
I am unable to comment on how well she did or what her teeth look like. As I said earlier, I do not have the TikTok app so I couldn’t view her video. If you’re curious you can take a peek and see how good her artistry skills are! Is it Michaelangelo?
In any case, I will end this with a phrase from old tv shows and commercials “Don’t try this at home!”

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