Ethical Concerns Over Snap-On Veneers
Most people want to look their best and that often means sporting a gorgeous smile. However, dental care and cosmetic procedures are not cheap. Improving the look of one’s teeth could cost thousands of dollars — perhaps even tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the condition of the teeth,
Because of this, customers are looking for cheaper alternatives. That’s where snap-on veneers come in. These temporary options are made of plastic or resin and simply clip over existing teeth. They cover up stains, chips, and other cosmetic issues. You take them in and out as needed, so you remove them while sleeping or eating.
Many people are attracted to this option because they are super cheap — under $50 in some cases — and don’t require a trip to the dentist. Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is, according to one dentist.
On November 3, a dentist posted a video to his Innovative Dental YouTube channel. In the video, the man spoke out against snap-on veneers, calling them a dangerous trend in the industry. Other dentists commented, agreeing with him.
However, one dentist was not pleased and he filed a federal lawsuit against the dentist who posted the video, accusing him of defamation and slander. The video, called “The Ugly Truth About ‘Veneers,'” claims that snap-on veneers are unregulated and can cause a lot of damage to people’s teeth, gums, and even bones. Plus, they cost a lot more money in the long run due to these issues.
However, the plaintiff in the lawsuit is not pleased with these claims. He called the video “false and deceptive” and said that the statements in the video could hurt his business.
The dentist is hoping the court will intervene. So far, the video has more than 7,000 views, and there is fear that it will cause “irreparable harm” to the reputation of the dentist’s business, Brighter Image Lab, which creates and sells custom-designed snap-on veneers to customers all over the United States. The dentist is seeking an injunction on the video as well as financial compensation.
According to the lawsuit, the video is 12 minutes long and includes more than false or misleading 30 statements. The video claims that snap-on veneers aren’t really veneers and that they cost only $5 to make.
The dentist in the video felt compelled to speak out against snap-on veneers after dealing with a patient who purchased them and is now suffering from extensive tooth decay as a result. The dentist displayed photos of his patient, who had purchased his snap-on veneers from “a company out of Texas.” The plaintiff in the lawsuit assumed that this statement was aimed at his company, Brighter Image.
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People want to have the best smile possible, but sometimes they do it at a significant risk to their health. Plus, the costs are not worth it.
As a dentist, you need to do what’s ethical for your patients. Contact a Tampa dentistry license lawyer from The Law Offices of David P. Rankin, P.A. if you are facing administrative issues. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form today or calling (813) 968-6633.