Snap-on veneers are a less permanent option than 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:
However, snap-on veneers cannot correct more severe problems such as 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.
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.
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.
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.
The following people may like to choose snap-on veneers:
The following people should not get clip-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.
There are many disadvantages of snap-on veneers too.
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 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.
Various manufacturers produce snap-on 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
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.
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.
The snap on veneers produced by Instasmile includes 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.
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 are thin shells that are permanently fixed to your natural teeth. They can adjust the size, shape, and color of your teeth. They can also fix minor cosmetic problems like chips and small gaps.
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.
Professional teeth whitening treatments in a dentist’s office often take less than one hour and whiten and brighten the teeth. Even professional take-home whitening trays are quicker and more efficient than OTC whitening products.
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.
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.
You can wear snap on veneers all day, even while eating and drinking. Some hot foods or beverages can distort the material.
No, you cannot sleep while wearing 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.
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