Snap-on smile is a relatively new restorative device offered by the makers of Lumineers. This device is intended for those that are unable to invest in porcelain veneers or other cost-prohibitive cosmetic treatments. Snap-on-smile is designed to “snap” onto your existing teeth to mask all the smile deficiencies that conventional restorations such as Lumineers are used to hide such as gaps, missing teeth, abnormal rotation, discoloration and many other issues. The device encases not only your front teeth, but also your molars and other posterior teeth. It forms a seamless transition with your gum-line such that the end aesthetic result is excellent.
A patient can be fitted with this device within two dental appointments and for a price comparable to what they would pay for a single porcelain restoration. The fitting process starts during the patient’s initial appointment, where an impression is taken of their teeth and necessary documentation is sent to the Snap-on-smile dental lab for fabrication of the device. Patients can expect to wait two weeks between appointments for the appliance to be fabricated. Once the cosmetic dentist receives the finished product, they fine tune the aesthetic result using specially designed burs to craft the acetyl resin material that the appliance is made of. During the second appointment, the final fitting will be conducted and any necessary adjustments will be made. If everything is in order, the patient will be able to enjoy their Snap-on-smile .
Your Snap-on-smile device is expected to last for several years. Your cosmetic dentist will provide you a cleansing solution and anti-bacterial gel that provide for safe operation of the device. The cleansing solution is to be used to clean the device between meals or as directed by your cosmetic dentist.
It is up to the patient to decide when and where they choose to wear their Snap-on-smile appliance. Since no bonding adhesives are used to hold the appliance into place, it is easily removable for eating or during bedtime. You should exercise caution while wearing the device during meals as to ensure that food particles don’t become lodged in the device accelerating the possibility of tooth decay.
The Snap-on-smile cost starts at about $1,000 for a single arch and goes up from there depending on your specific circumstances and aesthetic goals. Financing is available to those who qualify through the manufacturer. A separate arrangement may be possible through your cosmetic dentist.
As with any other cosmetic treatment, there may be some limitations in terms of what patients can be outfitted with the device. If anything, this appliance should be regarded as a “stepping stone” to permanent treatment using porcelain veneers or the like. Although the “before and after” pictures you may see circulating online are difficult to dismiss, the fact remains that porcelain veneers are superior in terms of strength and other tooth-like qualities. They are the golden standard for smile alteration and can be crafted to create a smile identical to your Snap-on Smile.
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