March 26, 2023

Turkey teeth is a name given to a viral sensation where people go to Turkey for dire cut-price dental treatment but end up having several complications
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‘Turkey Teeth’ is a recent viral trend soaring high on social media. It got all the attention when the hashtag #TurkeyTeeth touched 130 million views on TikTok. It is referred to as a trend in which people are travelling to Turkey for dental procedures at discounted prices. Most people that are travelling are visiting the country with the purpose of beautifying their teeth or getting veneers placed. The trend is made famous by social media influencers like Katie Price and Jack Fincham. While it seems like a good way to get perfectly white teeth and a perfect smile at a fraction of the cost, many people are complaining of complications after the procedure.
The reason why #TurkeyTeeth is in the news
BBC News surveyed 1,000 UK dentists, of which 597 said that they had treated patients who had experienced complications after visiting Turkey for dental work. Most patients flew to Turkey thinking they were getting veneers, and only a tiny bit, like half a millimetre, is shaved off from the tooth front. But often, they get crowns, which requires tooth shaved down to little pegs, or ‘shark teeth’ as the social media influencers call them.
What are Turkey Teeth?
‘Turkey Teeth’ is a neology to describe pearly-white, beautifully shaped-square teeth, which millennials, in particular, are keen to get. It is a dental implant procedure that involves filing the natural tooth down to a stub and fitting customizable crowns and veneers. Getting Turkish teeth has become increasingly popular in the UK, thanks partly to its TikTok fame.
Advantages of the procedure:
The downside of the procedure:
Well, the disadvantages of the process outweigh the advantages and include
Before getting veneers or crowns, one should do a lot of research. One should follow this rule regardless of the place/ country they are getting their dental treatment done. Before getting a dental procedure done, it is always essential to ensure that the veneers, implants, or crowns are in good condition. Care should be taken to prevent any infection. Here are a few things that should always keep in mind:
There are many other options that are available that can help in keeping teeth healthier, perfectly straight, and shiny white. It is advisable to not give into fads and look at a long-term perspective. Additionally, one should consult with an experienced dentist before opting for any cosmetic dental procedure.
The author is founder and chairperson, MyDentalPlan. Views are personal.
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