Your smile is a very important part of your overall appearance. When your teeth look good, you’re more likely to show them off, which can boost your confidence and improve people’s perceptions of you. Some studies have even shown that people with dental problems are often considered less hirable than people with bright, healthy-looking teeth.
The desire for a perfect smile leads many people to consider cosmetic dental procedures. These include whitening treatments, veneers, or the Snap-on Smile – an affordable and removable form of dentures. But are these procedures right for everyone? Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of the Snap-on Smile.
What is a Snap-On Smile?
A Snap-on Smile is a custom-made type of denture. It is a complete set of porcelain teeth that a person wears over their natural smile (it literally “snaps on”) to cover up broken, decayed, or discolored teeth.
When you get a Snap-on Smile, there is no need for drilling or tooth extraction. In fact, the process is very simple! Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth – the same way he or she would for braces or Invisalign – and has a set of custom teeth made in a lab. Once they’re ready, you can snap them into place and enjoy your new, perfect smile!
The Snap-on Smile is a popular type of cosmetic dentistry for three main reasons: it’s painless, affordable, and fast. Because Snap-on Smiles don’t directly impact your natural teeth, you don’t need to experience any drilling, extractions, or anesthetic – a HUGE benefit for anyone who’s averse to oral pain.
The cost of a Snap-on Smile is also a major selling point. Other cosmetic options are rather expensive; veneers, for example, can range from $250 to $2,500 PER TOOTH! By contrast, the Snap-on Smile is a much cheaper alternative. A full arch of teeth (for example, the upper or lower set) will cost you anywhere from $1,000-$3,500 total.
Finally, one of the major benefits of the Snap-on Smile is the instant results you will see. The entire process only takes two appointments – one to take an impression of your mouth, and another to fit the Snap-on Smile in place. There is no recovery time, and the process usually only takes a few short weeks. This is especially great for anyone who wants to improve their smile instantly!
Of course, the Snap-on Smile is not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are some drawbacks that you should know about before deciding if this product is right for you. Firstly, it is important to note that you cannot make partial Snap-on Smiles. If you are only looking to cover one or two broken or discolored teeth, you may not want to wear a full set of dentures over your smile.
Additionally, Snap-on Smiles is designed to be one full piece. This means that there is no visible gap between each tooth, which can be unattractive to some individuals. It’s wise to look at other people who wear Snap-on Smiles before purchasing them for yourself, so you can decide if this look is one you’ll appreciate.
Finally, Snap-on Smiles does not last quite as long as other cosmetic dental treatments. Most Snap-on Smiles last two to five years before they need to be replaced, while other treatments last much longer (veneers, for example, can last up to 15 years with proper care). While a Snap-on Smile is cheaper initially, the cost of each replacement can add up over time.
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So, is the Snap-on Smile right for you? The answer will vary from one patient to the next. The best way to know for sure is to consult with a dental professional – and the team at Anew Dental & Orthodontics is here to help!