TikTok is one of the most popular mobile apps out there. While you can find plenty of entertaining videos, some of them can be alarming and unsafe. Certain types of clips can be especially harmful to your dental well-being, such as the “veneers check.” Keep reading to learn about this dangerous dental trend and why it’s important to consult a dentist before any cosmetic treatments.
What Is the “Veneers Check” Trend?
The “veneers check” is a challenge on TikTok where people shave the enamel of their aesthetic and healthy teeth so they can be ready for dental veneers. Not only is this unsettling and harmful to their smile, but multiple viewers respond by showing interest in receiving the same treatment.
The worst part is that the majority of these people doing this challenge are young! Filing down their pearly whites before they’ve matured can risk the eventual need for dentures. Additionally, those participating in the “veneers check” are getting dental crowns instead, leading to confusion and misinformation about both treatments.
The Difference Between Veneers & Crowns
Veneers are a cosmetic procedure designed to cover up most imperfections in your smile. These can include stains, chips, cracks, breaks, or even misalignment. After the treatment, you’ll be able to enjoy a bright Hollywood smile, which is likely why many viewers choose to attempt the “veneers check.” A professional dentist typically shaves a tiny portion off the front surface of the affected teeth to prepare them.
Dental crowns are primarily a restorative treatment meant to repair and protect severely damaged or weakened teeth. However, no one should have a mouthful of them. They should only be used when necessary, such as in a dental emergency.
Speaking with Your Dentist Should Come First
With so many influencers on social media, it makes sense that the younger audience would want to enhance their smiles as well. But it’s always safer to consult a professional dentist before changing anything with your teeth. With their help and expertise, they can ensure that you get the actual treatment you are hoping for.
So, if you’re interested in beautifying your pearly whites, make sure to speak with your dentist first! In this way, you can get the dream smile you’ve always wanted while keeping most of your natural teeth healthy and safe.
About the Author
Dr. Shane Smith earned his dental doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He’s completed countless hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest developments and techniques. With his passion for delivering modern and comprehensive dental care, he offers multiple advanced treatments—including veneers and crowns—to restore or enhance your smile. If you’d like to schedule a consultation for veneers, feel free to visit our website or call 870-932-2644.