Many of us see a beautiful smile and wish that it could be ours. Few of us are born with perfectly shaped, straight, white teeth. In the past, “natural smiles” were the norm, but today, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to offer many corrective options. This has allowed many patients to take advantage of these modern options to give them that “perfect smile” they have always dreamed about. What about those patients who choose not to go that extra step for that perfect smile?
What Is Snap On Smile?
Snap on smile is a revolutionary solution for many cosmetic dental issues. The beauty of the snap on smile is that it is a totally reversible cosmetic dentistry option. The snap on smile is much more affordable than porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. In general, the snap on smile procedure costs as much as a single porcelain crown.
Snap on smile is a removable arch of “teeth” which is designed to snap over the existing teeth. The snap on smile removable appliance is made from an extremely strong dental resin. It can be used as a short term or a long term cosmetic dentistry option. The following are the steps involved in the fabrication of a custom snap on smile:
-Dental Impressions. This will include impressions of the teeth, photographs, along with a bite registration. A bite registration allows the dental lab to know the relationship between the upper and lower teeth. At this visit you and your dentist will also pick out the style, shape, and color of your new smile.
-Dental Laboratory. The information gathered by the dentist is then sent off to the dental laboratory. The dental technician will digitally create the custom made snap on smile.
-Snap On Smile Insertion. Following fabrication by the lab technician, your dentist will then place the final product over your teeth. The snap on smile pops right in over your own teeth and fits perfectly.
The snap on smile is so simple to complete without the need for removing any of your natural tooth structure or need to use any anesthesia. The beauty is that it is completely removable at any time with no effect to your natural teeth.
Common Snap On Smile Questions
-Will Snap On Smile Affect My Speech? It usually takes about 2 weeks to get used to the new teeth and speak as yo did before.
-Is It Covered By My Dental Insurance? Snap on smile is considered a cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by dental insurance.
-Will It Stain? Your dentist will supply you with special snap on smile cleaning supplies. This kit includes a cleaning solution and an antibacterial gel. Using this kit regularly will help keep your new smile looking like new.
-How Long Does It Take? The entire process can be completed in as little as 3 weeks. The initial appointment (includes photos and impressions) should take 15-20 minutes. The laboratory needs about 2 weeks to complete fabricating your new snap on smile. And the final appointment is a short one ensuring proper fit and comfort.
-Is There A Warranty? There is a 1 year warranty, but an extended warranty can be purchased.
-Can I Cover All Of My Teeth? Upper and lower snap on smiles are available, however most people choose to do the upper only.
-Can I Eat And Drink While Wearing My Snap On Smile? Yes, your new smile is designed to wear during eating and drinking. However, be aware your new smile can stain just like your real teeth if not cleaned properly.