Snap-On Smiles: How They Work & Costs

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What is a Snap-On Smile®?

A Snap-On Smile is a patented and easy way to achieve an attractive smile. The devices provide patients with an affordable yet beautiful smile makeover. For many patients,  Snap-On teeth give them confidence because they look similar to natural teeth.

A Snap-On Smile fits over your teeth, offering a natural-looking smile. The device covers any teeth that are stained or chipped, as well as gaps or missing teeth. It is also thin, durable, and made of hi-tech dental resin.

Users can eat and drink wearing the device, and it’s easy to care for. Depending on the patient, a Snap-On Smile can be a temporary or long-term cosmetic solution. The product is available for the upper and lower teeth.

The method of achieving a Snap-On Smile involves two painless visits. You must pick the style and shade of your new smile. Then, your dentist produces an impression of your teeth. In about three weeks, you will return to your dentist for a final fitting.

Snap-On Smile’s do not require drilling, shots, or adjustments in tooth structure.

Cost of Snap-On Smiles

The cost of Snap-On Smiles varies. It depends on the size, shape, and style of the teeth, as well as the dentist. Prices can differ significantly between dentists, even those in the same location.


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Generally, a Snap-On Smile costs between $1,000 to $3,500 or more per upper or lower arch. Some dentists may charge as low as $500 to $1,000 per arch.

Who Benefits From Snap-On Smiles?

A Snap-On Smile is an affordable solution that is suitable for many people of all ages.

The device is an excellent choice for people with the following:

  • Stained or minorly crooked teeth
  • Missing teeth or gaps (fully healed)
  • Anyone who has cosmetic removable partial dentures and wants a more comfortable and modern alternative. People who need dentures or other dental restorations for medical reasons should never replace them with a cosmetic Snap-On Smile. 

Who Should Not Get Snap-On Smiles?

However, a Snap-On Smile isn’t suitable for everyone. People with the following should not get Snap-On Smiles:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Severely crooked teeth
  • Jaw misalignment issues
  • Damaged, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Other oral conditions

Those with the above conditions require professional dental restorations or orthodontic treatment. These procedures can include braces, clear aligners, cavity fillings, gum disease treatment, dental crowns, and dental implants.

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Risk Factors of Snap-On Smiles

Snap-On Smile teeth can negatively affect your oral health. Some of the risk factors of Snap-On Smiles include:

Increased risk of plaque

Due to the gap between snap-on teeth and your natural teeth, dental plaque can spread easily from tooth to tooth.

Increased risk of decay

When wearing a Snap-On Smile, your saliva doesn’t wash away bacteria as quickly as it usually would. This leads to an increased risk of tooth decay due to the collection of bacteria trapped between your natural and snap-on teeth.

Discomfort

Sometimes Snap-On Smiles can feel uncomfortable when fitted in the mouth. Inserting and removing Snap-On Smile teeth can also be difficult.

Softening of the Snap-On Smile teeth

You cannot consume hot liquids while wearing snap-on teeth. This is because the heat will soften the device. This can make snap-on teeth unusable during social events where users would like to feel confident with their smiles.

Poor quality

Snap-On Smile’s wear down over time. They are also not as strong, durable, and protective as professional dental restorations. If you are concerned about quality, it is essential to invest in high-quality restorations, such as dentures. 

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Alternative Dental Treatments

A Snap-On Smile isn’t for everyone, and there are various alternatives to create a beautiful smile. These include:

Veneers 

Veneers improve the appearance of teeth. They are thin, customized shells that cover the front of your teeth to change their color, shape, and/or size. Veneers are made of either ceramic porcelain or composite resin. 

Porcelain veneers tend to look more natural than composite veneers and Snap-On Smiles. They also last longer than snap-on teeth because they are of higher quality. However, porcelain veneers are more expensive than resin veneers and snap-on teeth.

Veneers are a permanent dental procedure. They cannot be taken out once they’ve been applied to your teeth.

Dental Bonding 

During a dental bonding procedure, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special curing light. 

This procedure ‘bonds’ the resin material to the tooth to restore or create a perfect smile.

Clear Aligners 

Clear aligners straighten teeth gently and gradually using multiple sets of clear, thin, and comfortable devices that fit over your teeth. Clear aligners are custom-designed and individually 3D-printed in BPA-free plastic. Clear aligners shift teeth simultaneously, providing force across each tooth. Most treatment plans straighten teeth within four to six months if the patient wears clear aligners every day.

Clear aligners don’t irritate the cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces sometimes do. 

Braces

If you have issues with your bite or the spacing of your teeth, you may need braces. Traditional metal braces correct bite problems, close gaps between teeth, and adequately align your jaw and teeth.

Metal braces adjust one tooth at a time using brackets attached to specific points on the teeth. Traditional braces can take up to two years to straighten teeth.

Most people who wear traditional metal braces are children, but adults get braces too. In young children, braces may guide proper jaw growth. This can help permanent teeth to grow correctly. Straight permanent teeth can help avoid tooth issues later on.

Dental Implants 

Dental implants replace missing teeth or are used for people who need teeth removed. Dental implants are made of alloplastic materials. They are implanted into the oral tissues found beneath the mucosa, periosteum, and/or through the jaw bone.

Dental implants offer retention and support for a fixed or removable dental prosthesis. 

If you have any oral conditions, jaw issues, or severely crooked teeth, do not choose a Snap-On Smile. Crooked teeth are more susceptible to cavities because they are harder to clean. Snap-On Smiles do not protect against cavities or fix crooked teeth.

Instead, you should speak to your dentist about alternative procedures. These can include clear aligners, braces, and dental restorations. 


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Resources

What is it? Snap On Smile, 2018,  http://www.snaponsmile.com/sos_CTD_website_what_is_it

Veneers, Health Direct, 2018, https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/veneers

Tamer, İpek et al., Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners and The Scientific Reality Behind Their Marketing: A Literature Review., Turkish journal of orthodontics vol. 32,4 241-246. 1 Dec. 2019, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7018497/

Orthodontia, MedlinePlus, 2015, https://medlineplus.gov/orthodontia.htmlGupta R, Gupta N, Weber KK. Dental Implants,  StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470448/

Updated on: July 16, 2020
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