Snap-On Smile® is an innovative cosmetic solution that our Fair Lawn dentists offer to address a variety of aesthetic concerns. This discreet dental prosthesis can provide a temporary way for patients to create the appearance of a “smile makeover” without any drilling, shots, or extensive treatment or recovery times. Snap-On Smile® is completely customizable and is designed to look like real teeth. It can be a good, temporary option to help patients determine what their teeth could look like with treatments such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, or other advanced procedures. A Snap-On Smile can also help individuals who are unable to afford more invasive treatment enhance the look of their teeth with aesthetic results that mimic the effects of permanent dental work.
Snap-On Smile® Candidates
The Snap-On Smile® can be an ideal temporary option for almost anyone. Many of our patients express an interest in concealing chips, gaps, or cracks amongst their teeth, but this treatment can also help conceal:
- Stained teeth
- Areas of missing teeth
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Short teeth
Attaining a Snap-On Smile® can also be an excellent choice for patients who may not qualify for dental bridges or implants. Patients waiting for dentures or the final crown placement for dental implants may also find Snap-On Smile® to be an ideal temporary option. No more than six teeth can be missing from your mouth for this prosthesis to be effective, as Snap-On Smile® must go over teeth to “snap” into place. Your teeth should also be free of active decay and your gums should be healthy before considering this procedure. Visiting the dentist twice per year for exams and cleanings and maintaining a proper at-home dental hygiene routine can help make Snap-On Smile® a possibility.
Benefits of the Snap-On Smile®
The simplicity of Snap-On Smile® is one of its biggest draws. It was created by a dentist who recognized the popularity of the “Hollywood smile,” but realized many people could not afford the cosmetic procedures needed to attain one. A Snap-On Smile® can be created for upper and/or lower teeth and is made of a strong, yet thin, durable resin designed to look natural. Caring for your Snap-On Smile® is often simple, as it is removable and can be snapped into place when you need it. Patients are able to eat and drink with Snap-On Smile®, so it’s possible to maintain a normal daily routine without disruption. Restore confidence in your smile with this cosmetic dentistry alternative!
The Snap-On Smile® Procedure
Our experienced dental team can evaluate your teeth and your overall smile to determine if Snap-On Smile® could benefit you. We will then take pictures and x-rays of your teeth, and impressions to ensure we create just the right fit. After these steps we can discuss which Snap-On Smile® color will best match the shade of teeth you desire. With guidance from our experienced dentists, you can also select a tooth shape that may best suit your smile and facial structure.
Once all of this information is collected, we will send it to a professional dental lab that will create your high-quality appliance. Your Snap-On Smile® should arrive to our office two to three weeks later. You will return for a fitting appointment where we can make any adjustments that are needed to ensure a comfortable fit.
Snap-On Smile® Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I want a Snap-On Smile®?
There are a variety of reasons our patients would want a Snap-On Smile®. It can create the appearance of a new smile, without the need for permanent procedures. Snap-On Smile can also serve as a more financially convenient alternative for many patients. For patients who have an important upcoming event, such as a photo shoot or a wedding, it can create a beautiful smile in a short amount of time. Occasionally, our dental implant candidates will wear this prosthesis while waiting for their crowns.
What do patients like most about their Snap-On Smile®?
Our patients frequently tell us they appreciate the simplicity of Snap-On Smile®. It requires no sticky adhesive, no shots, and no drilling in the appointment, which are all seen as extra benefits.
How do I clean my Snap-On Smile®?
You can clean your prosthesis with an antibacterial gel which should be applied before using the appliance for the day. In the evening, we suggest cleaning it in a solution that our staff recommends.
How will Snap-On Smile® feel while I’m wearing it?
Snap-On Smile® must fit over your existing teeth and may feel slightly thicker than natural teeth. Sometimes this means the patient will need to slightly adjust their speech while getting accustomed to the appliance. It could take a few hours or few days before the adjustment feels and sounds natural.
Will insurance cover my Snap-On Smile®?
Snap-On Smile® is a cosmetic appliance, which typically means it will not have insurance coverage. It is best to contact your provider to see if they may partially cover any costs. Our office staff can work with you to find convenient dental financing options and payment methods that can help meet your needs.
For more information about Snap-On Smile®, or to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists, please contact our office today.