If you search the term ‘veneers’ on TikTok, a plethora of content related to this viral trend will emerge. With unwavering zeal, people are embracing these potentially irreversible dental procedures in their pursuit of the ‘flawless smile’, frequently leading to grave issues and health risks.
Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment that is often promoted as a quick and easy way to improve your smile. It’s a thin moulding, custom-made from porcelain, which is then bonded to the front surface of a tooth. If you read between the lines, it basically means that getting veneers will not strengthen or repair your teeth, but instead weaken them and simply cover them up.
Unlike veneers, a dental crown encases the whole tooth, working as a ‘cap’. Dental crowns can be used to rebuild the strength of broken or decayed teeth, to restore the natural shape or size or generally just to improve appearances. Although I’m no dentist, crowns definitely sound like a better option than veneers. Just see for yourself…
In the video below, a young girl shares her experience undergoing teeth-shaving for this particular procedure. Her videos rapidly raised concerns among numerous dental experts, as her teeth appeared to be healthy. Many of these professionals have issued warnings about the potential hazards associated with getting veneers.
In this next clip, we’re shown a woman who’s clearly also had the veneer procedure. However, in this video, a professional dentist explains how the veneers the woman has had fitted are ‘no-prep veneers’. The problem with these is that if you already have quite thick large teeth, then the slip-on veneers will add a bulky layer, resulting in a pretty unappealing aesthetic look.
Another young influencer shared his experience on social media after going to Turkey for what he thought would be a veneer procedure. Unfortunately, he fell victim to a deceptive situation and ended up with crowns instead.
In this TikTok, a woman speaks about how she decided to get veneers solely because her teeth were yellow. A number of the users in the comments section pointed out that she could’ve easily just gotten her teeth professionally whitened.
With clip-on veneers, people are risking a lot less than undertaking the full operation, Similar to porcelain veneers, these temporary clip-on veneers aren’t without their issues, as the following TikToks prove:
In this video, a girl demonstrates how to make her own veneers at home using a viral kit, but what she fails to realise is that what she’s put in her mouth is the mould for her teeth, and not the actual veneer itself. Watch the funny mishap here:
In this video, a woman expresses her dissatisfaction with the veneers’ fragility and recounts an incident where one of her teeth unexpectedly chipped while she was eating, revealing the shaved down e teeth underneath.
The woman in the clip sadly explains how you’ll always have to keep up with your veneers since they could crack or chip at any time:
Some users online have also spoken about how veneers can sometimes lead to an unpleasant breath odour.
A young dental student explains the potential ramifications associated with veneers, emphasising the need for cautious consideration before opting for the procedure.
In this behind-the-scenes video, a dentist describes how young dentists who are still in their third or fourth year of medical school often find themselves performing the operation on willing participants for a smaller fee, than getting it professionally done.
A dentist provides insight into the potential development of cavities beneath veneers.
In this podcast, two men discuss veneers, the pros, the cons, and the potential risks.
A dentist demonstrates the process of removing ill-fitting veneers from a patient:
A young woman describes her unfortunate experience following which she was not happy with the final result: