In response to a growing trend of people filing their own teeth, the team at Kois Dentistry are advising patients to consult with a professional to avoid long-term tooth damage.
Seattle, WA — A variety of beauty fads have originated from social media websites over the years, and one of the most recent is the DIY cosmetic dentistry trend of filing one’s own teeth. In numerous videos on TikTok and YouTube, people can be seen using an emery board or sandpaper to straighten uneven edges of their teeth. Like many other trends of the past, this at-home method of filing teeth comes with risks. The cosmetic dentists at Seattle-based practice Kois Dentistry have cautioned people against this technique, urging them to leave tooth reshaping to trained professionals.
While filing one’s own teeth may seem like an easy way to correct tooth ridges or unevenness, Dr. Dean E. Kois explains that this can cause lasting damage to the teeth if it is not performed with a trained eye. Tooth reshaping is a cosmetic dental procedure that is commonly performed to enhance the overall appearance of one’s smile, notes the Seattle dentist. This treatment requires precision to ensure minimal enamel is removed, as this cannot be reversed.
When an individual files their own teeth, Dr. Kois says it is possible they may remove too much of the tooth’s outer enamel, exposing the dentin underneath. Since this contains the pulp and nerves, he explains they will be vulnerable to increased tooth sensitivity and pain, not to mention they can become more prone to developing cavities and nerve damage. Due to the delicate nature of tooth reshaping, Dr. Kois and his team at Kois Dentistry recommend men and women who are unhappy with their tooth shape to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist to learn about their treatment options.
Reshaping teeth can be a straightforward procedure that can significantly improve one’s smile aesthetics. As an alternative to this technique, Dr. Kois highlights that some people may be better candidates for treatments like porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental bonding, which can lengthen teeth and correct any chips that may be causing an uneven appearance. He encourages anyone interested in improving the look of their teeth to discuss their options with a qualified cosmetic dentist.
About Dean E. Kois, DMD, MSD
Dr. Kois is an experienced prosthodontist and dental implant surgeon at Kois Dentistry. He received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine, after which he received a Certificate in Prosthodontics with a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. Dr. Kois then spent two years training in a surgical implant fellowship at New York University, College of Dentistry. He currently practices dentistry alongside Drs. Tara L. Kois, John C. Kois, and Brienne Roloff at Kois Dentistry, and works with restorative dentists at the Kois Center. Dr. Kois is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and more. He is available for interview upon request.
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