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Founded in the UK in 2012, Instasmile is one of the oldest clip-on veneer brands. It is now also available in the U.S.
Clip-on veneers like Instasmile offer an affordable and nearly instant alternative to costly dental restorations. They easily mask crooked, stained, or irregularly shaped teeth.
However, Instasmile won’t correct any underlying issues. You may need treatment (such as for tooth decay) before being able to use Instasmile. Instasmile veneers are incompatible with crowns, braces, and traditional veneers.
Instasmile offers a completely remote process for designing, creating, and providing custom clip-on veneers. You’ll be able to start wearing your veneers without leaving your home.
The first step to getting Instasmile clip-on veneers is to take an online Smile Assessment. If you’re a good fit for Instasmile, you’ll be able to choose a veneer option. After you place your order, your impression kit will arrive in the mail.
Instasmile wants to ensure an accurate impression to ensure your veneers fit perfectly. They’ll provide detailed instructions and support over the phone and by email. You can reuse the impression trays if you get an impression wrong the first time.
After taking your impressions, you’ll need to send pictures of the impressions to Instasmile support for approval. Once approved, you’ll mail them back to Instasmile so they can create your veneers.
Using your impressions, the Instasmile team will design and produce your custom veneers before sending them out. You’ll be able to clip them on as soon as they arrive.
Keep in mind that getting your veneers will take some time to be made. Instasmile offers a 15-day turnaround between receiving your impressions and shipping your veneers. This, plus the time it takes to ship, means you may have to wait several weeks.
The Classic and Dynamic veneers cost the same: $450 for one arch and $675 for two.
Instasmile doesn’t offer in-house financing. However, it offers financing options through third parties, including Bread, Afterpay, Klarna, and Partial.ly.
These options allow anywhere from six biweekly to 18 monthly payments at 0% interest. All require you to make the first payment upfront.
Because removable veneers like Instasmile (and veneers in general) are cosmetic, insurance won’t cover them.
Instasmile has two veneer models: Classic and Dynamic. Instasmile Classic has a slimmer, lighter design and is intended for people with mild cosmetic issues. Dynamic is more durable and a better option for people with serious cosmetic defects.
Both of these models come in four shades:
Like any cosmetic dentistry option, Instasmile veneers have both advantages and disadvantages.
The advantages of Instasmile include:
Some disadvantages include:
Clip-on, snap-on, or removable veneers are similar to permanent veneers. But they differ in material, durability, convenience, and cost.
Permanent veneers are thin layers of porcelain that fit over your natural teeth. High-quality permanent veneers can mimic the appearance of real teeth. They can also last up to 20 years with proper care.
However, permanent veneers can cost thousands of dollars per tooth. They also require your teeth to be prepared and aren’t as easy to remove and replace as clip-on veneers are.
Clip-on veneers are usually made from thermoplastic resins. This makes them significantly more affordable than permanent veneers. They won’t look as natural, though and may only last about a year.
Instasmile offers an affordable, convenient alternative to permanent veneers. They also include a detailed and accurate impression process, so your veneers are sure to fit.
However, clip-on veneers are only a temporary fix for dental cosmetic flaws. They aren't an ideal solution if you want to make lasting improvements to your smile. You can take good care of them to make them last as long as possible, but they won’t last forever.
Permanent veneers, crowns, or orthodontic treatment may be more cost-effective options. The cost may be greater, but the results are more permanent. Insurance may also cover some of these options. Only you can decide what’s best for your needs. Instasmile veneers may be a good temporary measure for your situation. You can also compare them with other clip-on veneer providers to make an informed decision.
Clip-on veneers are often made from thermoplastic resins. Instasmile’s website doesn’t specify exactly what their veneers are made of, but it insists that they are safe, BPA-free, and biocompatible.
Yes, you can eat and drink with clip-on veneers. However, be mindful not to eat too hard or crunchy if you want your veneers to last as long as possible. They’re intended to be durable but not as strong as natural teeth.
Instasmile offers four shades, ranging from a bleached look (BL1) to a more natural medium ivory (A3).
Some people notice they have a lisp when they first put on their veneers. This should go away within 2 to 3 days as your mouth gets used to them.
Clip-on veneers shouldn’t hurt. They may feel awkward or uncomfortable at first until your mouth gets used to them.
Instasmile claims their veneers have been tested against red wine, nicotine, and some spices. However, to get the most out of your veneers, always be careful about what you eat and clean your veneers after use.
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