Patients who would like to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of porcelain veneers or Lumineers® without the long-term commitment can consider the revolutionary Snap-on Smile®. Snap-on Smile® is a removable restoration that fits over the teeth to improve the color, size, and shape of the teeth and conceal any other cosmetic blemishes. Because Snap-on Smile® is not bonded to the surface of the teeth, it can be removed at any time.
At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we see a large number of patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their smiles. However, some of these patients are reluctant to undergo invasive dental procedures that alter the natural structure of their teeth. Some may experience anxiety regarding needles or dental drills while others may not want to commit to a treatment, such as porcelain veneers, that is irreversible. We proudly offer the Snap-on Smile® at our Levittown practice. This natural-looking, non-invasive alternative to traditional porcelain veneers can give you a dazzling new smile.
The Snap-on Smile® is a removable arch of veneers that literally snaps over the surfaces of the teeth. These removable restorations can be completed within two dental appointments and require no structural alterations to the teeth. That means patients can achieve a radiant new smile without any drills or needles. What’s more, it does not require preparation of the teeth, the Snap-on Smile® is generally more affordable than traditional porcelain veneers or Lumineers®.
Although the Snap-on Smile® is not bonded to the teeth as traditional veneers are, it is custom-made to the exact specifications provided by our dentists to ensure a perfect fit. Our dentists make an impression of the teeth that is sent to a dental laboratory where the Snap-on Smile® will be fabricated. Within three weeks, the restoration is complete, and the patient returns to our office for a final fitting. The patient can snap on his or her new smile that day and return home looking and feeling fantastic!
In general, the Snap-on Smile® is a good option for patients with any of the following dental problems:
- Stained or otherwise discolored teeth
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- One or two missing teeth
The Snap-on Smile® is not an ideal treatment for every patient. If you are interested in this treatment, our dentists will evaluate your mouth, discuss your needs and goals with you, and explain the various options available to you. We will give you all the information you need to decide whether the Snap-on Smile® is right for you, or whether you would be better served by an alternative treatment such as dental crowns and bridges.
The Snap-on Smile® offers patients the benefit of improved aesthetics without having to make any permanent alterations to their teeth. The restoration is fabricated of durable materials so that it can withstand most normal wear and tear. It can even be worn while eating and drinking most foods, but can be easily removed for eating hard and sticky foods. Ultimately, the Snap-on Smile® is an affordable, durable restoration for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smiles without making a long-term commitment.
Nevertheless, there are some potential disadvantages compared to other restorations that patients will want to consider. Although it is custom crafted to fit perfectly, the Snap-on Smile® is not as secure as restorations that are bonded to the teeth or anchored to the jawbone by dental implants. Also, because it is removable, a patient may misplace it or simply forget to put it on. Patients who would like a permanent solution to cosmetic flaws may want to consider traditional porcelain veneers or Lumineers® instead.
At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we strive to create smiles, and the Snap-on Smile® gives us yet another powerful way to do just that. To learn more about this extraordinary dental treatment, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!