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Beauty lover spent 15 hours at a dentist in Turkey to look like Shrek’s sidekick

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A man has revealed how he spent 15 hours in the dentist chair in Turkey trying to perfect his teeth only to end up looking temporarily like Donkey from Shrek. 

The person, believed to be from Yorkshire, is one of the many Brits travelling to the country for cosmetic procedures. 

Dubbed ‘Tukey Teeth’, the new cosmetic fad involves travelling abroad to get drastic cut-price treatment. 

It has been made popular by stars like Katie Price and Love Island’s Jack Fincham, and involves filing down teeth to pegs then replacing them with crowns or veneers.

Going by the TikTok name beeman920, the man revealed how he flew to Turkey for a new set of pearly white teeth, and showed off his temporary look while he awaited more treatment.

A young man has documented his dentistry journey on TikTok. The user beeman920 went to Turkey to get cosmetic treatment for his teeth

Beeman920 before he went to Turkey to have his dentistry work

In a viral video, which as clocked up 1.5million views, he revealed his bright, pearly white temporary teeth, referring to himself as Donkey from Shrek

In a viral video, which as clocked up 1.5million views, he revealed his bright, pearly white temporary teeth, referring to himself as Donkey from Shrek

Documenting the dentistry work, the TikTok user posed in front of the camera with his temporary teeth after spending 15 and a half hours at the dentist.  

The appointment started at 9am and he hadn’t left the clinic until 20 minutes to one in the morning, the following day. 

In the video he shows his followers his temporary teeth, which are covering his own that have been shaved down, ready for the crown to be placed. 

In the clip, he said: ‘I had eight root canals, all my teeth shaved down… I don’t know, just everything.’ 

He explained how he had spent 15 hours in the Turkish dentist, where he had received eight root canals and had all of his teeth shaved down

He explained how he had spent 15 hours in the Turkish dentist, where he had received eight root canals and had all of his teeth shaved down

And despite his obvious exhaustion, the TikToker said he was determined and would return to the dentist the same day to have 18 more extractions.

The procedure, which is supposed to leave patients with a Hollywood smile, is being fuelled on social media under the hashtag #Turkeyteeth which has been viewed more than 100million times. 

For the most part influencers and celebrities praise the results and show them off on their Instagram feeds – but not everyone’s been so lucky.

However, ‘beeman920’ was adamant: ‘Gonna be worth it in the end!’ 

He returned home at 20 minutes to one in the morning and said that he would be returning to the dentist later that day

He returned home at 20 minutes to one in the morning and said that he would be returning to the dentist later that day

Until his return to the dentist he was given a set of temporary large, bright pearly whites, making him look like Donkey from Shrek.  

In the viral video, he said: ‘Or the house, for those of you that are older.’ He explained: ‘I had half broken teeth, I had teeth with holes in, I had fillings, I had fake teeth in the front already.

‘This is something I’ve wanted for years […]. That’s my choice – I’m not bothered about how I will look.’ 

However, not everyone was as positive as the TikToker and his video, which had 1.5million views, as it sparked concern amongst some TikTok users. 

Many users expressed concern and said that they had heard horror stories about Turkish dentistry

Many users expressed concern and said that they had heard horror stories about Turkish dentistry

One user commented: ‘Be very careful I’ve heard horror stories, shaving perfectly healthy teeth.’

Another person said: ‘I work at a dental office in Canada we would never do 8 root canals on one patient in one day. Those temps are horrible!’

A third said: ‘8 root canals in one day. They didn’t do them properly. One root canal takes HOURS.’

And a fourth posted: ‘Noooo!! Have you not seen all over the media about bodge it dentistry in Turkey! I really hope you are not another case!’

Whilst others were compassionate and expressed apprehension over the treatment he had received. 

Other TikTok users were apprehensive and sceptical about the treatment he had received, with one user claiming that English dentists wouldn't want to treat him after the procedure

Other TikTok users were apprehensive and sceptical about the treatment he had received, with one user claiming that English dentists wouldn’t want to treat him after the procedure

One user posted: ‘Can’t believe people are still having this destructive treatment, also UK dentists are very reluctant to provide after care!!’

Another commented: ‘No way have they done 8 proper root canals in one day. This is a horror story waiting to happen.’

A third said: ‘Please be careful. I’m a dental nurse and I’ve seen loads of patients come in with work that’s failed that’s been done abroad x’

And a fourth posted: ‘No English dentists will go near you now… any problem and you have to fly back… my friend has gone through it!’ 

Love Island's Jack Fincham was one of the first to share his Turkey Teeth story after getting the treatment before appearing on the ITV reality show in 2018. Pictured: Before and after

Jack Fincham attends the National Television Awards 2020

Love Island’s Jack Fincham was one of the first to share his Turkey Teeth story after getting the treatment before appearing on the ITV reality show in 2018. Pictured: Before and after

A new BBC documentary has looked at the fallout, asking whether the risks really outweigh the savings on having cheaper treatment, with UK dentists warning the complications can leave patients with huge medical bills to fix shoddy work.

A number of dentists surveyed on behalf of the BBC said some of the remedial work was provided by the NHS.

Meanwhile one private clinic has urged patients to be certain they know what they are getting after being contacted by clients who had been sold veneers but given the much more aggressive option of crowns.

The Harley Street Smile Clinic in London said they had been inundated by young people suffering from severe infections, intense long lasting pain, infected gums or rotting teeth due to the procedure.

In one case, Tiktok user Lisa Martyn revealed how her experience turned into a nightmare after she travelled to Turkey for the cosmetic treatment and paid 3,500 Euros (£2,960) for what she thought was veneers but was actually a set of crowns.

She told the BBC: ‘I was duped into the dream of having a full set of perfect teeth that I was never going to have any issues with but I was grossly misled about what I was having done – they were sold to me as veneers not a full set of crowns.

‘Mislead millennials are signing up for a lifetime of unnecessary and painful treatments’ 

Experts at the Harley Street Smile Clinic in London say they have been inundated with young people who are seeking remedial work after taking part in dental tourism.

In an alarming blog post, the clinic says mislead millennials are committing to ‘a lifetime of unnecessary, expensive and painful treatments’.

It adds: ‘Our clinic has been inundated over the last couple of years with young people who have been misled by bargain cosmetic dental centres in Turkey.

‘Having been left with the harsh reality of a lifetime of dental work, costing far beyond the cost of having veneers done in the UK, often our clients have no idea what work they’ve actually had done, or what’s involved in rectifying the issue.’

Dr Maurice Johannes, Principle Dentist at Harley Street Smile Clinic, added: ‘I can’t stress enough that people need to be 100% clear about exactly what they are signing up for when they go abroad for cosmetic dental treatment. 

‘Although patients are under the impression they are having veneers, in reality they are having crowns placed, which means much more aggressive tooth reduction.’

 Source: The Harley Street Smile Clinic

‘No one sat down and told me the risks or if there were any other options. I thought that once they put the new teeth into my mouth that would be it – there would never be any more problems.

‘But not only have I been in crippling pain every day since, but it has also cost me thousands. It’s the biggest mistake of my life.’

Lisa flew to Turkey last year under the belief she would be fitted with 26 veneers in a bid to get the ‘Hollywood smile’ for her son’s wedding but was actually fitted with crowns – a far more invasive procedure.

But months after her treatment, the 48-year-old was left in horrific pain after developing an abscess which nearly paralysed half her face and is suffering from nerve sensitivity.

A survey carried out for the BBC found that hundreds of dentists in the UK had treated patients suffering from complications after getting work done abroad.

Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann, director of a dental clinic in Liverpool, told the broadcaster: ‘If I did 20 crowns on a 21-year-old for the purposes of improving the colour, I would have my licence revoked, I would be struck off.’

She said her clinic receives one to three calls a day from people with issues with their teeth after going abroad but that her clinic cannot treat them.

‘Some can’t floss because their crowns are stuck together or they’re in pain because they have bleeding gums.

‘But it’s easier for us not to take that patient. At the point when you inherit that patient and do any work, that’s when the problems really start and that’s when the UK dentist becomes liable. A risk we cannot take.

‘This leaves patients in very vulnerable positions trying to scrabble around for help and it becomes very costly trying to fix the damage.’

Dr Maurice Johanne, Principle Dentist at Harley Street Smile Clinic, urged people to be careful about what treatment they were getting.

He said: ‘I can’t stress enough that people need to be 100 per cent clear about exactly what they are signing up for when they go abroad for cosmetic dental treatment.

‘Although patients are under the impression they are having veneers, in reality they are having crowns placed, which means much more aggressive tooth reduction.’

London-based dental clinic said that it has been ‘inundated’ with young people seeking to have their botched survey rectified.

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