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Selfies are causing people to believe they have horse teeth

By Mason White 11:43 AM February 10, 2016
Woman taking selfie (illustration) 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Dentists in the United Kingdom, have issued a warning about taking too many selfies as the distorted views of the pictures cause people to believe that they have horse teeth.

Tim Bradstock-Smith, who is the clinical director of the London Smile Clinic, said that the selfies are causing people to suffer from dental dysmorphia.

A group of dental surgeons said that they are seeing an increase in the number of people who want to correct what they mistakenly believe are horse teeth, not realizing that their phones are creating the distorted pictures.

The problem is that the image is taken very close to the teeth, so the picture may be distorted. The front teeth often appear more prominent than they are in real life.

As the teeth are the main focus of the picture, people are increasingly driven to make them look better. While these photos will undoubtedly exaggerate the defects, they can also be misleading.

Dr. Bradstock-Smith said that selfies became the most popular way for women to assess their looks, especially as they now use them to apply their makeup.

He said that he has to turn away several patients a week who were looking for unnecessary treatments.

Dentists have seen an increase of 30 percent over the past five years in the number of patients who send in selfies with concerns about the appearance of their front teeth.

However, when those patients come in person, often the teeth do not look bad at all.