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TikTok trends that can hurt teeth

We love TikTok as much as our teen patients do, with it’s fun videos, catchy songs and some-times educational content. But dangers lurk on this popular platform, including a few dental-related ones.

DIY braces? Just don’t!

Never allow your child to use paper clips, wires, rubber bands or any other type of material to fashion themselves braces. It sounds ridiculous to have to give this warning, but unfortunately this has been tried ­— and caused damage that is more expensive to fix than the original price of actual braces. We offer free consultations with a board-certified orthodontist, and we offer financing that can work for your family.

Do not file your teeth.

Using any kind of tool on your own to “shave” your teeth is a bad idea. Once a tooth is filed down, it’s wide open to sensitivity, decay and even death of the tooth. Tooth enamel does not grow back; once it’s gone, it’s gone. There are times when an orthodontist will reshape teeth, but it is minute amounts that will help with alignment and crowding.

When it comes to getting a great smile, tell your kids to leave it to the pros to help. And tag us in your TikToks so we can see your beautiful smiles!


brought to you by:

Castilla Orthodontics


434 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem

Ana Castilla, DDS, MS is a board-certified, Oregon-based orthodontist. She is passionate about helping patients attain their perfect smile, so they can live their lives to the fullest!


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