A trip to Turkey for a dazzling tooth makeover is something of a right of passage for every reality star, and their young followers eager to follow in their footsteps for that Hollywood smile.
But the kind of invasive dental work required cut permanently ruin your smile and leave you needing dentures by the age of 40, dentists have warned.
Posting on TikTok, Dr S Manouchehri from London, explained many people are not aware of the differences between veneers which attach to the front of the teeth and more invasive crowns, which require teeth to be ground down so the entire structure can be covered.
She warned the irreversible process of shaving teeth to pegs to have crowns at a young age could lead to needing dentures by the age of 40.
Her concerns about the increasingly popular trend have been reiterated by Dr. Emi Mawson from Cornwall, who also posted a clip warning her followers about the risks of copying stars like Katie Price.
Dentists have taken to TikTok to blast the trend of shaving teeth to pegs for crowns, revealing the surgery causes lasting damage to teeth. Pictured: An influencer sharing her before and after
Dr S Manouchehri (pictured) from London, warned that having crowns will lead to needing a root canal
Dr S Manouchehri began her video with footage of an influencer showing the before and after results of travelling to Turkey to have her teeth transformed.
Warning followers, she wrote: ‘First of all those are not veneers, those are full coverage crowns. If you’ve seen my previous video you will know that shaving your teeth down to pegs like that is going to damage the nerve.
‘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 10-15 years typically.
‘Now she is a gorgeous young woman I think she is what around 18, 19 maximum and she’s going to need to replace them probably four or five times throughout her lifetime, if not more.
The dentist added that veneers and crowns need to be replaced every 10-15 years, becoming a financial and biological burden. Pictured: Influencers sharing their transformations
‘Not only the financial burden is going to be an issue but also the biological burden because the teeth can’t physically be prepared and re-prepared every single time.
What is the difference between veneers and crowns?
A veneer is a thin, porcelain moulding that’s bonded to the front of the tooth to correct chipped, stained, crooked or misshapen teeth.
They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
Because they only cover the front of the tooth and are custom made to mimic the shape and shade of your tooth, they give a natural look.
Only a small amount of enamel needs to be removed to fit a veneer, so it’s a much less invasive procedure than crowns.
A crown is a type of cap that completely covers a real tooth, which has been broken, decayed or damaged, or purely for cosmetic improvement.
To fit a crown, the old tooth has to be drilled down so it’s like a small peg the crown will be fixed on to.
‘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 what, by the age of 40.
‘I personally wouldn’t choose that, would you?’
Dr. Emi Mawson shared photos of Katie Price in her video as she explained the star has had crowns, rather than veneers.
She posted photographs of veneers to explain that teeth aren’t filed down as intensely as necessary for crowns.
‘Veneers are much less disruptive to the teeth,’ she explained.
Dr. Emi said it’s quicker and less skill is required for dentists to do crowns than veneers.
She continued: ‘Once your teeth are down to stumps, there is no going back. I beg you, if you’re looking to get cosmetic dental treatment find a reputable, minimally invasive dentist.
‘Remember price usually reflects the quality and skill of the dentist.’
Many responses to the videos admitted they were unaware of the impact of the treatments and praised the dentists for speaking out.
Dr. Emi Mawson (pictured) advised those seeking cosmetic dentistry to research reputable dentist, as she urged social media users not to copy Katie Price
One person wrote: ‘I was gonna get veneers so they’d match the two crowns I need for my front uppers but these videos convinced me otherwise. Thank you’
‘FINALLY someone said it. I’m a dental nurse and seeing people do this absolutely kills my soul! Please stop! Your teeth are SO precious,’ another said.
A third penned: ‘Glad I seen this. My jaw is growing out place and my teeth don’t join and I was thinking about getting this. Gonna embrace what I have now’
A stream of responses to the videos admitted they were unaware of the burdens associated with crowns and veneers