What Are Snap-On Veneers and Are They Right for Me?
Posted on 2/22/2021 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|Like traditional porcelain veneers, snap-on veneers are a way to beautify your smile and conceal a wide variety of dental concerns, including chips, gaps, stains, and size or shape discrepancies. If you are interested in trying snap-on veneers, keep reading to learn about their advantages and disadvantages and find out if they are right for you.
How Do Snap-On Veneers Work?
Snap-on veneers are made out of plastic rather than the porcelain of traditional veneers. You can either have impressions of your teeth taken in our office, which we then send to a lab to manufacture your snap-on veneers, or you can purchase snap-on veneers online. Some brands available to purchase online allow you to take impressions of your teeth at home and send them back for lab manufacturing, while others you can purchase ready to mold and wear right away. For the latter type, you soften the veneers in hot water before fitting them over your natural teeth. The snap-on veneers will harden into the correct shape to fit your mouth.
Advantages of Snap-On Veneers
The most significant advantages of snap-on veneers are their affordability and convenience. While traditional porcelain veneers can cost as much as 2,500 dollars per tooth, you can purchase snap-on veneers online for as low as 35 dollars. Plus, snap-on veneers do not require any invasive enamel shaving to prepare for placement. They are a quick and easy way to perfect the appearance of your smile and they allow you to try out the idea of veneers before committing to a more expensive, permanent solution.
Disadvantages of Snap-On Veneers
Unlike porcelain veneers, snap-on veneers are not restorative or long-lasting. Traditional veneers often last up to fifteen years if you care for them properly, but snap-on veneers can wear down and shift in your mouth. You can eat, drink, and speak normally with traditional veneers, but snap-on veneers have more restrictions. For instance, you cannot eat while wearing them, and you cannot drink hot beverages, as these will soften the plastic. Some people find snap-on veneers ill-fitting, uncomfortable, or difficult to speak with, similar to removable dentures. Finally, snap-on veneers can irritate your gums where they come into contact, and plaque and bacteria can build up between your snap-on veneers and your regular teeth, putting you at risk of developing cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
We are happy to discuss all the different options we offer for improving the appearance of your smile. Call us today to learn more.