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Beware of Veneer Techs: Only Trust Skilled Dentists for Cosmetic Work By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on June 01, 2024

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Veneer technicians are making headlines across social media. They boast they can provide veneers for a fraction of the cost of veneers placed by a dentist. However, most of these "techs" have no formal training and can cause significant damage to your teeth and oral health.

Learn about the dangers of veneer technicians and how it can cost you more in the long run over choosing veneers treatment with the skilled dental team at Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S. in Huntington BeachCA.

What Are Veneer Techs?

Veneer techs are going viral on social media. These people claim to be able to provide veneers at a fraction of the cost of veneers with a dentist. However, in many cases, these veneer techs are not formally trained and are performing veneer placement illegally. 

Why Are Veneer Techs Dangerous?

Before you have porcelain veneers placed, it is very important that your teeth and gums are healthy. If you place a porcelain veneer over a tooth that isn't healthy, it can cause further damage.

For example, if you place a veneer over a tooth with active decay or infection, the decay and infection can spread. This can lead to the veneer falling off, damage to the tooth structure, and, ultimately, loss of the tooth. Infection can spread to the jawbone and sinuses, leading to jawbone atrophy and tooth loss. It can also be a risk to overall health, leading to sepsis and even death in extreme cases. 

What Dentists Offer That Veneer Techs Lack

Dentists are trained to look for these issues and can identify subtle signs of an oral health issue. They will also take detailed x-rays to check for issues that are not visible to the naked eye before they proceed with porcelain veneer placement. At our Huntington Beach dental practice, we want to place veneers only on healthy teeth to preserve your oral health. Placing veneers on healthy teeth will ensure that your veneer will last for as long as possible, protecting the investment you made in your smile.

Finally, veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed in order to blend with the surrounding teeth. Dentists are trained to only remove what is necessary for proper placement, and we do so in a way that doesn't damage the tooth. Dental technicians are not trained in this area, and this can cause significant damage to the tooth, gums, and nerves.

But Veneer Technicians Are Cheaper

It may be true that veneer technicians are cheaper initially. However, if damage occurs when placing veneers over decay or infection or if the teeth are damaged during placement, this can lead to the need for more extensive dental work later, including dental implants, restorations, and bone grafting to repair and restore your oral health and function. This can quickly add up, costing you more than a veneer placement with a skilled dentist.

There is also no guarantee of quality with a veneer tech. This means you can end up with veneers that do not fit your smile, that look unnatural, and that may require removal.

Want to Explore Veneers with a Skilled Dentist?

Veneers are a great way to enhance the appearance of your smile and conceal a variety of aesthetic issues, such as cracks, chips, and stains. Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen can safely place custom veneers to enhance your smile and boost your confidence. We combine precise planning, expertise, and advanced technology to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact us today to request a veneer consultation at our office in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Andrew G. Mortensen, DDS

Andrew G. Mortensen, DDS

Dr. Andrew Mortensen is a top-rated dentist with training from the world-famous Las Vegas Institute. His exceptional care and expertise have earned him hundreds of 5-star reviews, and he is an accredited member of the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society 

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