Dr. Heath Fraser, pictured, tells FEMAIL that the top five DIY trends on TikTok are dangerous and will lead to big problems

My mom is left unable to speak properly after trying DIY dental veneers

Dr. Heath Fraser, pictured, tells FEMAIL that the top five DIY trends on TikTok are dangerous and will lead to big problems

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In one video, a woman can be seen saying “no” over and over while gritting her teeth.

She went on to claim that the video was filmed two years before she was uploaded to TikTok — that she “loves her smile” and had no negative side effects from the DIY job.

Dr. Fraser looked at the trend and said that while people were initially happy with the results, over time they complained of tooth sensitivity.

This is due to the erosion of tooth enamel, which eventually leads to increased tooth decay, discoloration and damage including cracks and fissures.

“Using anything to intentionally erode the surface of a tooth is highly irresponsible; once tooth enamel is removed it becomes impossible to regenerate it,” he said.

Even when they are performed in the dental chair by professional patients, they run the risk of eroding the enamel of their teeth.

Patients attempting DIY teeth shaping may require surgical procedures such as fillings, crowns, veneers, and even root canal treatment to resolve the erosion problem.

This Woman Filed Her Teeth To Achieve Her Favorite Look - But Dentists Say It Should Never Be Done

People are using TikTok to share their dental tricks, including filing their teeth and using rubber bands to ‘make them straight’ but experts warn it could cause permanent damage.

Brushing raw coal

Charcoal dental products have become visible across a variety of social platforms.

Several TikTok users have detailed their experiences using activated charcoal to whiten their teeth, showing brighter before-and-after results.

But he explained that there is a risk of discoloration and damage when used in the long term.

“Ironically, while initial results may reveal very white teeth, using highly abrasive surfaces against the teeth will erode the enamel and expose the yellow dentin underneath, causing them to appear permanently more yellow,” he said.

Some people are used to using magic erasers to get a pearly white smile — but Dr. Fraser says that, too, will do nothing but ruin your teeth in the long run.

using a magic eraser

One video showing the easy magic trend garnered 400,000 views within hours — with dozens of people commenting that they planned to try the hack at home.

More commented after testing it, praising the trick and saying they “don’t regret” using the eraser on their teeth.

Similar to brushing with charcoal, a magic eraser removes a stained layer of enamel with a very abrasive surface, and while this may cause teeth to appear whiter in a short TikTok video, the long-term consequences of enamel erosion can lead to discolored, sensitive, and potentially fatal teeth. Rare cases of cracked or broken teeth.

The next teeth whitening hack is peroxide brushing.

Peroxide cleaning

This became a huge trend after a TikTok influencer bought the chemical from the supermarket and applied it directly to her teeth.

The woman said the chemical is often found in dentist-approved whitening kits, which indicates that it is safe. But Dr. Fraser says that’s far from the truth.

“Using high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide on your teeth and gums poses an irreversible risk to your dental health and can lead to tooth sensitivity and irritation to the gums and lips,” he said.

He added, “Having whiter teeth does not necessarily mean dental health, and patients must prioritize the health of their mouths to avoid painful consequences.”

The ultimate TikTok hack that Dr. Fraser hates is handmade braces.

DIY rubber band braces

He understands that having straight teeth is a priority for many Australians, but says it should always be left to the professional.

Dr. Fraser says rubber band penetration was popular because of the higher cost of braces — but adds that they’ll likely cost more in the long run.

One of these clips showed a man affixing a traditional set of braces to his teeth using Gorilla Glue.

The video has been viewed by more than ten million people showing how quickly “bad information” can spread on the platform.

Another hack involves using small rubber bands to straighten your teeth - but this can cause them to tear

People are using TikTok to share their dental tricks, including filing their teeth and using rubber bands to ‘make them straight’ but experts warn it could cause permanent damage.

“The thin, narrow elastic bands used by users on social media can penetrate the gums, causing severe damage to the soft tissues in your mouth that can eventually lead to severe and irreversible damage, including tooth falling out at the root,” he said.

And while your teeth will likely move, Dr. Fraser says the outcome won’t necessarily be better aesthetically.

Gorilla Glue is “next level” according to the dentist.

“Using toxic substances and trying to get your braces done can also lead to serious health consequences such as severe poisoning and tooth loss,” he said.

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