I travelled to Turkey for teeth implants – people have said I look like a piano but I love my new smile
- Jordan Declan Field took to social media to share his dental journey in Turkey
- The influencer loves his new smile, regardless of trolls comparing him to a horse
- READ MORE: ‘Turkey teeth’ trend leaves thousands of Britons with dead stumps, abscesses and serious dental issues
An influencer has revealed he has been trolled by people who say his new teeth look like a piano after he had implants in Turkey – but said he loves his new look despite the abuse.
Jordan Declan Field, from Ipswich, shared his dental journey on TikTok, which included two trips to Turkey and a treatment in the UK.
The online influencer excitedly showed off his new pearly whites, letting haters know that he’s happy with his results no matter what they say.
After one person compared his new gnashers to a piano, he laughed off the comment and said it was in the ‘top three’ responses he had received commenting on his cosmetic procedure.
Jordan began his journey in November 2021, when he travelled to Turkey, which offers cosmetic dental procedures at cheaper prices, for a consultation.
There, he underwent the first stage of treatment which included getting temporary plastic veneers, and undergoing four teeth extractions – as well as the removal of three wisdom teeth.
Jordan’s teeth were filed down and he also had implants.
Jordan Declan Field (pictured before he got his teeth done), from Ipswich, shared his dental journey on social media, which included two trips to Turkey and a treatment in the UK
He travelled back to the UK absolutely over the moon with his new smile, which featured a decorated new set of teeth, with some work to be done in six to twelve months.
In April, Jordan got root canal treatments at a dental clinic in Worthing, West Sussex – and was all set for his second trip abroad.
Last spring, online influencer excitedly showed off his new pearly whites, letting haters know that he’s happy with his results no matter what they say
By May 2022 everything was wrapped up and Jordan let his followers know how pleased he was with the results.
In a TikTok video two weeks after his completed treatment, the influencer explained that he had ‘no problems, no sensitivity’ and ‘no pain’.
His only qualm was with the antibiotics he was given – which ‘upset his insides a little bit’ – but other than that, the experience was ‘absolutely fab’.
Jordan also hit out at commenters which told him his teeth were too big, explaining that they were the same size as his old ones.
Jordan began his journey in November 2021 (pictured left), when he ventured to the nation – famed for more affordable dentistry – for a consult and treatment plan. By May 2022 (pictured right) – everything was wrapped up – and Jordan let his followers know how pleased he was with the results
The influencer explained they may, for some people, seem larger because they’re now white and populate his whole mouth; but he’s happy with them.
In one clip, a commenter said: ‘It’s giving horse’.
‘They look ridiculous,’ one user wrote. ‘I have an oak tree you can knaw down.’
‘Well that’s a really kind comment,’ Jordan replied sarcastically. ‘And I actually might take you up on that offer ’cause that’s really nice.’
In November 2021, Jordan (pictured) underwent the first stage of treatment which included getting temporary plastic veneers, and undergoing four teeth extractions – as well as three wisdom ones
He added: ‘If I’m that ridiculous why are you following? Why are you doing that?’
‘Well looks awful,’ another added. ‘Sorry to say but looks cheap and plasticky.’
Jordan dryly responded: ‘Thank you ever so much for your feedback. I will take that on board. And…yeah, I’ll just pull all my teeth out now.
Another mean comment in a video read: ‘It’s giving piano.’
Jordan’s positive experience comes amid horror stories of Britons suffering permanent damage to their teeth after travelling to Turkey for treatment.
A trend known as ‘Turkey teeth’ that involves travelling abroad to get drastic cut-price treatment is leaving thousands facing painful complications.
The cosmetic fad, made popular by stars like Katie Price and Love Island’s Jack Fincham, involves filing down teeth to pegs then replacing them with crowns or veneers.
The procedure, which leaves patients with a Hollywood smile, is being fuelled on social media under the hashtag #Turkeyteeth which has been viewed more than 322 million times on TikTok.
In July, a BBC documentary 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 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.
This graphic shows how a tooth is shaved down slightly to make room for a thin veneer
‘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 in 2021 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.
The treatment has proven popular with social media influencers and TV stars including model Katie price.
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
In August 2020, she shared a video which showed that her natural teeth had been shaved down to points which she said made her look like a James Bond villain before she had new veneers fitted while in Turkey.
The treatment was carried out after her original veneers fell out. However, in October that year, she had to go back to Turkey again after some of her new veneers fell out.
A spokesman for the star told the Sun at the time she had to return to Turkey to get the work fixed.
Love Island star Jack Fincham also received treatment in Turkey before appearing on the ITV reality show.
Crowns and veneers: What’s the difference?
Veneers and crowns are both dental treatments that can improve the look and function of your teeth.
The most significant difference between the two is that a veneer only covers part of the tooth while a crown covers the entire tooth.
A veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain, but can be made from other materials, and is usually chosen more for cosmetic purposes.
They are bonded to the front of existing teeth with colouring to existing teeth matched by the dentist.
A crown is roughly twice as thick and covers the whole tooth in a far more invasive procedure than veneers because most of the tooth is removed to make room.
It can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal alloy or an all-metal alloy.
While crowns are also chosen for cosmetic purposes, they also offer a solution for those with conditions including broken, decayed or crooked teeth.
After the Love Island winner discussed his Turkey Teeth in 2018, Google searches for the term sky-rocketed.
Mr Fincham travelled to the Turkish city of Antalya years ago, saying in a Love Island promotion video ‘I absolutely love my pearly whites.
‘I went all the way to Turkey to get these. I come back with a winning smile and a nice little holiday.’
But in the BBC Three documentary ‘Turkey Teeth: Bargain Smiles or Big Mistake,’ he admitted he would ‘do it differently’ and showed off how his teeth had been filed down for his veneers.
He said that he receives lots of messages from people asking about the work he had done, and told the BBC that he now tells them about his own experience.
Speaking to the documentary’s host Dr Trishala Lakhani, a dentist as well as Miss Universe GB, he said: ‘I flew out there in the winter time, not the holiday season, and pretty much everyone on the flight was going to get some sort of procedure done.’
He got the work done despite knowing about the risks that come with veneers – such as a higher risk of requiring root canal work done or his teeth being removed.
‘They mentioned all this stuff and it didn’t put me off. It was for cosmetic purposes, so I was probably being a bit vain,’ he admitted.
On the procedure itself, he said it ‘can be quite uncomfortable’. ‘You have loads of injections to numb your mouth. It’s not an easy procedure. You have to do your research.’ He added: ‘Honestly, I love my teeth, but going back, if someone said, ‘Would you have the composites or just get crowns done?’ I’d get that.’
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.
Not everyone who receives treatment abroad suffers complications. The BBC spoke to Tilly Entwhistle from Manchester who said she was thrilled with her work after being compared to Bugs Bunny as a child.
However, she said since visiting a dentist back in the UK, she was told they would not touch her teeth as they did not want to take responsibility for any issues with the work done in Turkey.
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