Smile Makeovers, "Snap-On"
Smiles & Temporary Restorations
cases where there are missing teeth, this snap-on feature can
serve both as a functional purpose and provide temporary
restoration, as well as give you a preview of your final
treatment outcome. If necessary, you can ask your dentist for
adjustments to provide the best possible lip support, teeth
length, shape, color and esthetics. Your dentist will evaluate
the temporaries for optimal comfort and functionality, as well
as test phonetics and your ability to speak naturally.
Once you and your dentist are satisfied, a
new impression will be made of the approved temporary
restoration(s). The recovered cast model of your approved
temporaries is sent to the dental
laboratory, where your final restoration(s) or
smile makeover will be fabricated
according to this "blueprint".
In certain clinical situations, temporary
restorations can be used to preview the final results without
preparing the teeth. If you decide the proposed treatment is not
right for you, neither you nor your dentist is committed to
additional work. In other situations (such as removing
tooth decay), your teeth must be
prepared before fabricating the temporaries, committing you to
Smile, also known as snap-on teeth and clip-on smile, is a
patented resin-based appliance that snaps over the teeth to
change their appearance. Snap-on teeth are easy to remove,
flexible and strong, though the affects are temporary.
uses of the Snap-On Smile include:
Natural-looking temporaries for
and veneer restorations.
Increase the facial height (vertical dimension) of teeth.
Cosmetic removable partial dentures.
Long-term, removable smile enhancement.
Snap-on teeth also can help you and your
dentist evaluate whether you can tolerate permanent
cosmetic dentistry. Snap-on smiles may
not be the best option for people with protrusive or mobile
teeth. Similarly, they should not be worn to cover cavities,
loose teeth or teeth requiring orthodontic treatment (braces).
Also, snap-ons are not recommended for people with a high smile
line because the appliance won't provide the adaptation that is
possible with crowns or
consultation with your dentist, he/she will take photos and
impressions of your teeth. You then pick from different smile
shapes and shades to create your own Snap-On Smile. In about two
weeks, the company's laboratory will make and send your
appliance to your dentist for final inspection, insertion and
review of home care instructions.
not covered by most dental insurance, snap-on products are less
expensive than some traditional dental enhancements.
Smile is a removable acrylic device used during the
pre-treatment stage to give you and your dental team a clearer
understanding of the expectations for the final outcome. To
allow you to see the potential outcome of the proposed
restoration in three-dimensional form, a diagnostic wax-up is
created, and a removable trial smile that you can wear in your
mouth is then made from this wax-up.
Smile is fabricated using cold curing acrylic. Once the Trial
Smile is shaped, texturized and glazed, it is placed in your
mouth. This allows you to instantly visualize, feel and test the
outcome of your new smile before undergoing tooth preparation.
If you like the anticipated result, you can choose to proceed
with the treatment plan. Once you accept treatment, the next
step is to receive temporaries for the teeth involved.
Authored By: Allison DiMatteo
Reviewed By: Larry Addelson, DDS. FAACD