When it comes to cosmetic dental enhancements, the market is getting fuller every day. Patients have many procedures to choose from, but let’s consider just two: porcelain veneers and Snap-On-Smile. Both of these options can hide an unsightly smile and give your mouth a completely new look, but each has their own benefits and drawbacks, so it is an important decision to make.
Snap-On-Smile is a removable and fully customized dental arch. It fits right over your existing teeth to give you a new smile. It is similar to wearing a retainer in that it fits around your teeth and you can remove it when you want. One big difference between Snap-On-Smile and a retainer, though, you can still eat and drink while wearing it!
The appliance can be applied in just two simple visits to your dentist. The dentist will take a mold of your teeth after confirming that you are a viable patient for the procedure and then have a Snap-On-Smile created custom for you based on that mold. All you do once you get your appliance is snap it on right over the top of your teeth and enjoy your new smile!
It is hard to fully compare porcelain veneers with the Snap-On-Smile for the reason that they fulfill slightly different purposes. Of course, both can be used in a permanent way to give you a more beautiful smile, but typically Snap-On-Smile appliances are used as a temporary fix while waiting for a dental implant or for someone who currently doesn’t have the funds for cosmetic surgery. It can also be used for an important event where pictures will be taken such as a wedding or graduation.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are a more permanent solution. They last much longer than Snap-On-Smile as they don’t chip or break as easily. Snap-On-Smile also gives your teeth a fuller look and can look unnatural on some people. With porcelain veneers, however, careful attention is put into making sure that the veneers appear flush with your natural teeth and completely natural.