Who doesn’t want a perfect, bright, sparkling smile? But let’s be real, most of us are not able to maintain that smile just by brushing alone. Our teeth end up getting discolored or stained or even diseased.
Cosmetic Dentistry provides us the solution to get a perfect smile. However, not all of us feel ready to invest in expensive cosmetic procedures or commit to multiple visits to the dentist.
For those of you, who think like this, don’t despair for there is a solution for you- Snap-on Veneers.
So, if you want to makeover your smile instantly or want to see how traditional veneer will look, then Snap-on veneer is an easy and affordable option.
Let’s dive in together in this article to know more about snap on veneers and how you can get them.
What is Snap-on veneer?
Snap-on veneer is a non-invasive cosmetic, removable, full or partial arch that snaps right over your existing dentition without impinging on the gingival tissue or covering the palate.
It is ideal for patients who are hesitant to commit to more involved restoration treatments. Snap-on veneers are not only an exceptional provisional option, but it also provides you with excellent aesthetics.
Snap-on veneers can be used to cover up a variety of dental problems including missing and gapped teeth, yellowed or stained teeth.
However, these veneers cannot correct more serious cosmetic problems like crooked teeth.
How are Snap-on veneers made?
The Snap-on veneers are made of a thin but sturdy resin that mimics the look of an arch of natural teeth. It is similar in design to a night guard or a mouth guard.
Your dentist will take careful impressions of your teeth and discuss different shade options with you.
In the second appointment, the dentist conducts a final fitting and makes necessary adjustments.
You can expect to wait almost three weeks between the first two appointments.
It is entirely tooth-borne, and no adhesives are required. The patients are free to eat, drink and function generally without obstruction.
It encases the whole arch of teeth and forms a seamless transition with your gum-line so that the end aesthetic result is excellent.
How do you take care of Snap-on veneers?
With proper care, Snap-on veneers can last for decades. A cleansing solution and an anti-bacterial gel are provided along with the veneers for the safe operation of the device.
To clean it, you have to soak the veneer in the cleaning solution for about 15 minutes a day. You can add the anti-bacterial gel along with the cleansing solution or add into each ‘pocket’ of the appliance before you insert it.
How much do Snap-on veneers cost?
A Snap-on veneer typically costs between $1000-$3500 or more per arch, depending on the size, shape and style of the teeth and individual dentists.
As an alternative, a temporary fit-it-yourself veneer is also available which costs $10-$80 an arch. But these veneers can’t be worn while eating or drinking hot liquids.
Advantages of Snap-on veneers
- It is reversible, unlike many cosmetic dental treatments.
- It doesn’t affect your diet. Except for chewing gum and sticky foods, you can eat or drink anything while wearing the snap on veneers.
- It saves both time and money compared to traditional porcelain veneers.
- It can conceal numerous cosmetic flaws including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, stained teeth, worn-down teeth, and gaps.
- It is more comfortable than partial dentures.
- It is affordable enough to wear after a tooth extraction or dental implant placement, while you wait for your mouth to heal.
Disadvantages of Snap-on veneers
- It is not designed as a lasting or permanent solution. It won’t straighten your crooked teeth or replace missing teeth.
- You need a particular cleansing solution to clean your device. Regular toothpaste and denture cleaners may damage the appliance.
- It doesn’t require special treatment, but to avoid breakage you have to be careful when inserting and removing it. It has to be kept in a case when not wearing it.
- You need to exercise caution while wearing these Snap-on veneers during meals to ensure that food particles don’t lodge between the device and the teeth, accelerating the possibility of tooth decay.
- Though snap on veneers works for anyone, it is not suitable for persons who are prone to gum diseases, with protruding front teeth and those who lack enough tooth structure to support the appliance.
Cosmetic dentistry is a big step for anyone and requires a significant amount of time and money, depending upon the problems you are trying to solve.
Snap-on veneers provide you the perfect opportunity to ‘try out’ a new look before you invest your time and money in a more permanent fix.
As with any other cosmetic treatment, there may be some limitations with the snap on veneers. This appliance should be regarded as a ‘stepping stone’ to lasting and permanent solutions.
Visit and consult with your dentist if you wish to go with snap on veneers. These veneers, however, are not a substitute for your oral hygiene routine.
You should continue to brush twice daily and floss after every meal to maintain your dental health.