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A dentist has warned people having their teeth shaved down in the hope of achieving the perfect smile are “ruining their teeth for the rest of their lives”.
Dr Manouchehri, a dentist from London, shared viral video of a teen who says she visited Turkey to have her teeth shaved down for veneers – only for the expert to point out she hadn’t been given veneers at all.
The dentist corrected her by stating what she had got instead was full coverage crowns, and not veneers which are mouldings bonded to the front surface of a tooth.
She then got into the alarming list of negative long-term effects of having full coverage crowns fitted, made popular by many social media influencers.
Dr Manouchehri explains: “If you’ve seen my previous video, you know shaving teeth down to pegs like that is going to damage the nerve, and you’re going to need a root canal treatment and an extraction at some point in your life.
“Second point; veneers or crowns will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years typically. Now, she is a gorgeous young woman, I thinks she’s what, around 18 or 19 maximum, and she is going to need to replace them probably four or five times throughout her lifetime, if not more.
“Not only the financial burden is going to be an issue, secondly it’s going to be a biological burden because the tooth physically can’t be prepared and re-prepared every single time.
“So she’s a gorgeous young lady and she’s ruined her teeth, possibly for the rest of her life and she’s going to have dentures by the age of 40.
“I personally wouldn’t choose that, would you?”
The response video has been viewed more than seven million times on TikTok, and many people left comments to say her advice had convinced them not to go through with the procedure.
One replied to say: “Um thank you I literally almost booked my appointment for next week, thank you for saving me.”
A second person said: “I can confirm. I have ONE I had done at 25. Now have to have it replaced at 25. And have a root canal.”
Another added: “It’s actually heartbreaking to see so many young people feel the need to go to these extremes in the name of beauty. Very sad.”