Patients who desire an affordable, instant transformation in their appearances may benefit from Snap-on Smile®. This innovative and custom-designed arch fits directly over the teeth, much like a whitening tray or clear orthodontic aligner. Made from impressions of each individual’s teeth, Snap-on Smile is comfortable, easy to wear, and can conceal a diverse range of cosmetic concerns. At the same time, it does not require any enamel removal or lengthy preparatory treatment. Most patients are good candidates for Snap-On Smile but it is important to consult with a cosmetic dentist before choosing this innovative treatment.
Candidates for Snap-on Smile
Snap-on Smile can be a great option for patients who are unhappy with a wide range of cosmetic issues. These include:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Dental erosion
- Irregularly sized or shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Missing teeth
- Staining which does not respond to whitening
The treatment can be particularly beneficial for patients who have lost teeth and do not qualify for a traditional bridge or dental implants. For instance, individuals who have sustained jawbone deterioration or whose teeth are too damaged to support a bridge may be excellent candidates.
Snap-on Smile does not require any enamel reshaping or removal. It is often recommended to patients who want an affordable, conservative, and reversible treatment option.
Snap-On Smile can also temporarily replace missing teeth while patients wait for their jaws to heal after implant surgery. Additionally, many dentists recommend the appliance for those preparing for full cosmetic makeovers. Patients with decay or gum disease will first need to undergo treatment for these conditions.
Each device is completely customized to look natural and flattering.
The Treatment Process
Receiving a customized Snap-on Smile requires just two visits to your dentist’s office. At the first appointment, you will discuss specific cosmetic goals. Then the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make sure the arch is a near-perfect fit. Finally, you will choose from various shades and styles to ensure a virtually identical match to your natural teeth.
Fabrication of each Snap-on Smile takes place at a proprietary lab and usually requires about three weeks. When the device is completed, you will return for a second appointment. If necessary, you can request slight adjustments though this is rarely needed thanks to the lab’s precision and high-quality materials.
Living with Snap-on Smile
Snap-on Smile is simple to use and easy to care for. You will need to remove the arch at night but can wear it the rest of the day – even when eating and drinking. Patients should be very meticulous about their dental hygiene when wearing Snap-on Smile. Because food and bacteria can become trapped under the prosthetic, it is especially important to rinse with water and brush after eating. Snap-On Smile should be treated with a specific cleaning solution which is available from your dentist.