Removable (Snap-On) Veneers

What are Snap-On Veneers?

Snap-on veneers are a non-permanent option to traditional dental veneers. They are an excellent solution for people who want a beautiful smile but do not want to commit to permanent veneers.

Getting snap-on veneers is typically a painless and easy process. A dental professional will take molds of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory. When your snap-on veneers are ready, the dental professional will perform one final fitting to ensure that they fit correctly.

Snap-on veneers can cover up several dental issues, including:

  • Missing teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Yellow teeth
  • Stained teeth

However, snap-on veneers cannot correct more severe problems like crooked teeth. This is because they are not designed to alter your teeth’ structure. An orthodontist should address more severe problems that you want to fix.

Summary

Snap-on veneers are affordable, non-permanent solutions for discolored, missing, or minorly gapped teeth.

How Do Snap-On Veneers Work? 

Snap-on veneers fit over the top of your teeth like a mouthguard. They can be conveniently removed whenever you prefer without the help of a dental professional.

Are They Safe?

Snap-on veneers are usually safe for use. Most materials used by manufacturers do not lead to tooth decay or infections. However, built-up particles from food can lead to dental issues if you do not brush your teeth regularly. 

Some materials used can cause an allergic reaction, but this is rare. Some manufactured clip-on veneers may lead to issues due to the design of the snap-on veneers. 

If you are unsure whether snap-on veneers are suitable for you, speak with a dental professional.

Summary

Snap-on veneers are relatively safe. However, they can lead to oral health issues if you do not clean them properly. These veneers are also not recommended if you have cavities, gum disease, or severely crooked teeth.

Snap-On Veneers vs. Traditional Veneers

Traditional veneers consist of a very thin layer of porcelain that matches your teeth' shape, size, and color for a perfect smile. High-quality traditional veneers look like natural teeth and can last up to ten to twenty years, depending on their materials.

However, traditional veneers can cost thousands of dollars. This is where snap-on veneers become a more viable option.

Unlike real veneers, snap-on veneers can be fitted and removed whenever you like. They require no dental injections, bonding, or cutting of gums or tooth tissue. 

Snap-on veneers are usually made from resin and act as a mask over your natural teeth. When fitted correctly, a snapping sound is made when the veneer wraps around the teeth. Snap-on veneers are a lot more affordable compared to traditional veneers.

Summary

Snap-on veneers are less expensive and natural-looking than traditional veneers. However, they are removable and require no tooth removal before placement. Real veneers are permanent solutions that require tooth removal.

Who Should Get Clip On Veneers? 

The following people are candidates for snap-on veneers:

  • Those with discolored, missing, chipped, or crooked teeth
  • Those looking for a more affordable option to traditional veneers
  • Those looking for a more convenient alternative to conventional veneers
  • Those who want a new, beautiful smile

Who Shouldn’t Get Clip On Veneers?

The following people are not candidates for snap-on veneers:

  • Those with cavities, deep teeth cracks, broken teeth, or gum disease
  • Those with loose fitting veneers, crowns, or other dental restorations
  • Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Those who would prefer a more natural-looking smile

Advantages of Snap-On Veneers

There are various advantages of snap-on veneers.

Lower cost. Traditional veneers can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. Even cheaper resin veneers can cost up to $1,500 per tooth. The high cost of veneers from a dentist can be too much for many people to improve their smile. 

In contrast, snap-on veneers are a lot more affordable, costing around $600 in total depending on the manufacturer. They are a good option as a stepping stone to permanent veneers or if you simply want to try out veneers to see how they look.

Simple process. When you get snap-on veneers, you do not need to see a dentist, receive a numbing injection, or have any enamel drilled from your teeth. Instead, a dentist will take molds and impressions of your teeth to receive your snap-on veneers. Once your molds and images arrive, you will receive your snap-on veneers in a few weeks.

Great smile. Your new smile will look natural and comfortable. You can even eat and drink while wearing your snap-on smile, so nobody will notice that you are wearing it. When you feel good about your teeth, you will smile more and be more confident when speaking, smiling, and laughing around others.

Summary

Snap-on veneers are affordable and do not require an invasive procedure.

Disadvantages of Snap-On Veneers 

There are also a few disadvantages of snap-on veneers:

Can negatively affect your oral health. Snap-on veneers can increase the risk of plaque due to the gap created between the snap-on teeth and your natural teeth. There is also an increased risk of decay because your saliva does not wash away bacteria as quickly as it usually would. Bacteria can easily become trapped between your natural teeth and your snap-on teeth.

Poor quality. Snap-on veneers can wear down, making them more inferior in quality over time. Compare this to traditional veneers that can last up to twenty years with good oral hygiene. They can stain or chip like a natural tooth and are not very durable.

Inconvenient. Inserting and removing the snap-on veneers can be tedious and sometimes very difficult. You also cannot drink hot liquids as the heat can soften the teeth.

Summary

Snap-on veneers are poorer quality and increase your risk of plaque build-up and other oral health issues.

4 Best Snap-On Veneers

Various manufacturers produce snap-on veneers.

1. Alpha Veneers

The clip-on veneers from Alpha Veneers are produced from high-quality resin or polymer. You can select the option for ‘Regular Wear’ for daily use or ‘Occasional Wear’ for special occasions or celebrations. The latter option is a more affordable way to receive Alpha Veneers.

You also have the option to purchase a single arch (upper or lower) or both in a dual arch. All options come in three different color shades ranging from bright white to a more natural ivory hue, according to your preference.

Cost: $749 for a dual arch for regular wear

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2. TruSmile Removable Veneers

TruSmile veneers are produced from a German Co-Polyester material made exclusively for TruSmile. The durability of their veneers varies based on use and care. However, they can often last for up to five years.

It typically takes between two to three weeks to receive your snap-on smile veneers after getting your impression. TruSmile offers a 100 percent guarantee that replaces your existing veneers if they do not fit your teeth precisely. 

Cost: $470

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3. Secret Veneers

Secret Veneers is based in the UK and offers to ship worldwide. The company was established in 2015 and was nominated for the Pure Beauty Global Awards 2019. They have been featured on MTV, Geordie Shore, X-Factor, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and more.

The snap-on veneers are made from a highly flexible, crystallized resin. It is a durable material that NASA also uses for its shuttle cabinetry. Secret Veneers offer the thinnest instant veneers available, and the brand claims that they are non-staining.

Secret Veneers note that many customers use their snap-on veneers for over three years, but they can last longer if they are taken care of properly.

If you require a replacement, Secret Veneers charges a small fee rather than the entire cost like other brands typically do.

Cost: $775

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4. Instasmile Veneers

The snap-on veneers produced by Instasmile include two different options when it comes to design. You can choose between a straighter look and a natural look. 

The straighter look helps provide the appearance of straighter teeth by making the gum line appear more even. The natural look maintains your existing gum line layout.

Both options even out the teeth at the top.

Cost: $300

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Summary

Alpha Veneers are the most expensive and popular brand of snap-on veneers. Instasmile Veneers are the most affordable option.

Alternatives to Snap-On Veneers 

Snap-on veneers are not for everyone. But, you do not have to give up on your dream of a new smile makeover. These cosmetic dentistry treatments are also safe ways to enhance your smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are permanently fixed to your natural teeth. They can adjust the size, shape, and color of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers can also fix minor cosmetic problems like chips and small gaps.

tooth in lower jaw with dental veneer

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding involves your dentist applying a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more of your teeth. This helps repair any damage. It is typically a cost-effective solution as it is significantly less expensive than other cosmetic dentistry procedures, like crowns and veneers.

Teeth Whitening Treatment

Professional teeth whitening treatments (in a dentist’s office) often take less than one hour to brighten teeth. Even professional take-home whitening trays are quicker and more efficient than OTC whitening products.

Summary

Snap-on veneer alternatives include porcelain veneers (stronger and more natural-looking), dental bonding, and professional teeth whitening.

Snap-On Veneers (FAQs)

Do snap-on veneers look natural?

In comparison to traditional veneers, snap-ons do not look as natural. However, they still maintain a good appearance. Many people will opt for snap-on veneers to test out prior to committing to porcelain veneers. 

How long do snap-on veneers last?

Snap-on veneers are designed to be a temporary or semi-permanent dental solution. Even the highest-quality snap-on products need to be removed and will not last forever.

Most snap-on veneers will last around 12 months. Some will last longer and some less.

Can I wear snap-on veneers all day?

You can wear snap-on veneers all day, even while eating and drinking. Some hot foods or beverages can distort the material.

Can I sleep with snap-on veneers in?

No, you cannot sleep while wearing snap-on veneers.

How do I clean snap-on veneers?

To clean snap-on veneers, remove them and rinse them thoroughly under running water before use. You can use a soft toothbrush on the inside of the snap-on veneers to gently remove any residue.

Resources

Esquivel, Jonathan et al. “The utilization of snap-on provisionals for dental veneers: From an analog to a digital approach.” Journal of esthetic and restorative dentistry : official publication of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry ... [et al.] vol. 32,2 (2020): 161-170, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31916380/ 

Alani, A et al. “Balancing the risks and benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry - a joint statement by UK specialist dental societies.” British dental journal vol. 218,9 (2015): 543-8, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25952437/ 

Shop, Secret Veneers, https://www.secretveneers.com/shop 

Revolutionary clip-on veneers, Instasmile, https://us.instasmile.com/ 

TruSmile Custom Made Veneers, TruSmile, https://www.trusmileveneers.com/products/trusmile-removable-veneers-1 

Pricing, Alpha Veneers, https://www.alphaveneers.com/#pricing 

Blackmon, Lawrence B. “Snap-On Smile: a new smile, a happy patient, and further clinical applications.” Dentistry today vol. 29,8 (2010): 38, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20873646/

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