Avoid Veneer Techs: Why You Should See a Cosmetic Dentist Instead By fairfaxfamilydentalcare on July 10, 2024

woman with veneers from a cosmetic dentistSeemingly small imperfections, such as chips, cracks, dental stains, and gapped teeth, can significantly impact the smile’s appearance. Veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment that conceals a comprehensive range of aesthetic flaws. 

Recently we’ve seen a trend of people relying on veneer techs to enhance their smile. Veneer techs may seem like a cheap and easy alternative to professional veneers, but there are drawbacks to consider. Dentists at Fairfax Family Dental Care in Fairfax, VA, urge individuals to avoid veneer techs and see a cosmetic dentist instead. Professional dental care is the only way to ensure safe and satisfactory veneer results.

What Is a Veneer Tech?

Recently numerous videos have been posted on TikTok by people labeling themselves as veneer techs. They claim to have completed a two-day course that qualifies them to create and administer dental veneers. In reality, “veneer tech” is not an official title, nor a licensed position.

TikTok has a lot of quick tips and easy fixes to offer. However, some things should not be done at home or by a non-professional. Debunking TikTok DIY dentistry hacks, like veneer techs, is essential to preserving the health and integrity of the smile.

Only licensed cosmetic dentists are educated and trained to administer dental veneer treatment. Avoiding professional dental care and relying on a self-proclaimed veneer tech can have severe consequences.

Loss of Tooth Enamel

Dental veneers are wafer-thin restorations that bond to the facial surface of the teeth. Despite their small width, veneer application requires the removal of a minimal amount of tooth enamel. Professional dental training is essential to determining the correct amount of enamel removal. Non-professional veneer techs may remove excessive enamel, which weakens the teeth, increases the risk of sensitivity and oral pain, and leaves teeth vulnerable to decay and infection.

Costly Follow-up Care

The primary reason for seeking care with a veneer tech over a professional dentist is to save money. Unfortunately, veneers applied by “techs” may result in complications. Removal of excess enamel can lead to cavities, tooth decay, or tooth loss. Treating dental complications from subpar veneer treatment is time-consuming and costly. In the long run, veneer tech treatment can be much more expensive than treatment with a licensed cosmetic dentist.

Dangers of Poor Oral Health

Poor oral health from improper veneer treatment impacts the smile’s functions, possibly compromising the bite and causing oral pain. Additionally, poor oral health can threaten a person’s overall physical health. Bacteria from a root canal infection can travel through the bloodstream and cause further health problems, including cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke.

Uninsured Treatment

Most states require dentists to carry malpractice insurance that covers patients if medical negligence causes them harm during dental treatment. Veneer techs are not professionals so they do not carry insurance, nor is insurance available. Individuals who suffer consequences from the mistakes of a veneer tech are responsible for covering the costs of necessary follow-up care and treatment.

Contact Fairfax Family Dental Care

Veneers are strong, attractive restorations that cover aesthetic flaws to enhance the smile’s appearance. Under the care of a dental professional, veneers are a safe and long-lasting solution for many common dental imperfections. To learn more about veneer treatment, send a message to Fairfax Family Dental Care and request an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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