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Don't Do It! Why You Should Avoid DIY Dental 'Hacks' On Social Media

By: The Woodlands Dental Group | Published 01/13/2023

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Your friends at The Woodlands Dental Group wanted to say we welcome you to the New Year filled with health and wellness for all. We can’t wait to see you at our dental offices in The Woodlands this year.

Over the holidays, we found some interesting articles about viral trends on social media like TikTok where DIY dental ‘hacks’ are causing people to do some interesting things to their teeth at home. We understand that it seems so much easier to take matters into your own hands — literally, as beauty standards become more unattainable and unaffordable. 

Your Woodlands dentist is here to help! Let’s look at some of the risks involved with at-home dental treatments.

Are “Dentist-Infuencers” Really a Thing?

So many patients turn to online advice to get the perfect smile they truly want. Many people lack dental insurance or means to pay out-of-pocket so they turn to places like YouTube and TikTok for advice. Your dentist in The Woodlands wants you to know how risky this can be. Although you might not permanently damage your teeth, results could come with a cost. 

The truth is that dental DIY content has grown so much over the last few years that a whole generation of folks known as “dentist-influencers” have built followings by reacting to botched dental care. The tag #DIYdentist has over 3 million views on TikTok. Beware of what you see online! It’s always best to speak with your Woodlands dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon about your oral health needs. 

An At-Home Nose Job?

When considering changing your teeth on your own at home, we’d like to ask you this: Would you buy a home nose job kit? It’s unlikely you’ll turn to YouTube or TikTok to show you step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly sculpt a new nose, so why do the same with your smile? We understand that someone’s physical appearance can affect their success both personally and professionally. At The Woodlands Dental Group, we have options that are affordable and safe to improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry and more. All you have to do is talk to us, and we’ll find a way to help guide you through.

Remember that what you see online, isn’t always what you get. It’s best to work with someone like your dentist in The Woodlands for a professional view on getting your smile just right. 

For more information, please contact us today: 

Dr. Robert Dernick (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry, and TMJ) 

Dr. Mike Freeman (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ) 

Dr. Alisa Reed (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Laser, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ)

Dr. Wade Williams (Orthodontics)

Dr. Nikita Vakil (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry)

Dr. Leslie Blackburn (Pediatric Dentistry)

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