Snap On Smile 101: What you need to know
- Last updated: 2 years ago
Snap On Smile is a temporary and removable tray that is touted to instantly transforms your teeth into a perfect hollywood smile without surgery or modification to your existing teeth. The trays can be made for both the upper and lower arch and are made of a resin that feels like plastic. They are worn like an aligner or clear retainer. People who are not candidates for bridges or dental implants can safely use Snap On Smile.
Snap on Smile trays cost anywhere from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars per tray depending on the severity of dental issues such as missing teeth and spacing and should last between 3-5 years with proper care. They may be cost effective for someone who will wear them for pictures or special events, but if you are planning on wearing them daily it may be worth talking to your dentist about more permanent treatments that may cost more up front but be a better long term solution. These trays are considered a cosmetic appliance and therefore are not covered by insurance.
The dentist visit
If deemed a candidate for Snap On Smile, your dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth and discuss what type of results you are looking for (such as the shade of white you prefer and the style of the teeth). Tip: While you are at the dental visit be sure to understand what your finished Snap On Smile will look like so you are not disappointed with the results. At your next appointment you will be fitted with your new tray or trays, depending if you are having one arch or both arches created.
What to expect from your Snap On Smile appliance:
Once your Snap On Smile trays are ready they can be inserted and worn out of the dentist office. You can wear the trays regularly during the day and even eat and drink with them, but they can break or stain relatively easily. Tip: check out of care guide to learn how to protect your investment and keep your trays looking good. But use your best judgement: while the makers of Snap On Smile tout the trays can be worn regularly, Dr. Bill Williams cautions “they are very fragile, not for eating, only for smiling in photos from a distance...Do not be mistaken to believe that they are functional teeth”.