Why filing teeth yourself is a bad idea
You’ve seen the TikTok trend of people using a nail file to grind their teeth down for a more even appearance, and thought, “Seems harmless, right?”
Unlike fingernails, teeth are permanent. What you remove won’t grow back.
The protective layer of enamel you’re chipping away at is limited. Once you break through it, the damage is done. It’s such an important part of your tooth’s health, and without it, you’re basically just shortening the lifespan of your teeth. Soon, you could experience tooth sensitivity and even loss.
So what should you do about your uneven teeth?
Work with an AAO orthodontic professional. Orthodontists are trained in understanding the structure of your teeth. As an expert, they can determine why your teeth are uneven in the first place. They will work with you to decide if you’re a good candidate for professional filing, called enameloplasty, or if another type of orthodontic treatment would be more beneficial.
Remember, teeth shift throughout your lifetime. In a few years, your teeth may shift again and now you’d just be working with shorter teeth. Not a good place to be.