What is Snap-On Smile®?
Snap-On Smile is a fast alternative to traditional cosmetic dentistry procedures. In just a few weeks, Snap-On Smile® can give you a million-dollar smile that is far less expensive, less painful and less time consuming than traditional cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics.
Dr. Stanton is one of the most trusted cosmetic dentists for Snap-On Smile in Houston.
What are the benefits?
Compared to traditional cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, Snap-On Smile is:
- Less invasive
- Less painful
- More affordable
How does a Snap-On Smile work?
Snap-On Smile snaps over your existing teeth to give you a whiter and straighter, natural smile. They can be made for upper and lower teeth or both. They are available as an arch or as a “Snap It” for a quadrant of your mouth.
What are they made of?
They are made from a patented resin / acrylic that is smooth, flexible, and strong.
Can I eat with them?
Yes, they are comfortable to use while eating and can be worn as much as you like.
Will they stain?
No, not much since they are polished smooth. The resin composition is resistant to stain.
Who is a candidate for Snap-On Smile?
You need at least half of you teeth in an arch to have the Snap-On Smile stay in place. They are a close fitting device that are retained with your natural teeth.
What other things are Snap-On Smile used for?
They are used to open a bite or as a temporary appliance while you are waiting for healing after an extraction or implant.
Will they last a long time?
The average Snap-On Smile lasts up to 5 years with proper care.
How long does it take to get a Snap-On Smile?
After an initial 45 minute appointment to take impressions, a Snap-On Smile takes 3-4 weeks to make.
Snap-On Smile Before & After Photos
Here are before and after photos of patients who received a Snap-On Smile based on the initial condition of their teeth. As you can see, Snap-On Smile is a great option for Houston patients with a variety of aesthetic concerns about their teeth.
The term diastema is used to describe open spaces between the upper incisors (front teeth). It is created by an unequal relationship between the size of the teeth and the jaw and can occur naturally or when teeth have been lost. Diastema can be repaired by replacing the worn natural crown of the tooth with an expensive artificial crown or it can be fixed with orthodontic appliances which move the teeth, but this course of treatment can span several years.
Malalignment (Crooked Teeth)
Crooked teeth can be caused by several factors. Tooth crowding (or an “overcrowded mouth”) occurs when there is not enough room for all permanent teeth to erupt. Tooth spacing occurs when there is excessive space in the jaw bone.
Many adults avoid smiling because their teeth have been darkened or stained by the antibiotic tetracycline. Previously, invasive and costly treatments like veneers, crowns and bonding were the only options available to people with stained teeth.
For some patients, bleach whitening procedures are an option, but this process takes time, and teeth may look worse initially, as normal enamel lightens more quickly than the discolored areas. Also, some patients with sensitivity problems are not candidates for in-office whitening procedures. Snap-On Smile is an excellent alternative to these invasive, painful and costly treatment options.
Bruxism (Grinding and Clenching the Teeth)
The habit of clenching and grinding the teeth is called bruxism. While some patients do it during the day, it most often occurs at night during sleep.
Years of bruxism can severely wear down damage teeth and the usual repair is replacing the worn natural crown of the tooth with expensive artificial crowns. To protect the new crowns, the dental professional may fabricate an occlusal guard to be worn at night. With Snap-On Smile® bruxism patients can have a full, beautiful smile while protecting their teeth from further damage.
There are three basic ways to fix a missing tooth or teeth.
A fixed bridge
A removable appliance
A dental implant
Snap-On Smile can be used in lieu of dentures. Like dentures, the Snap-on Smile is removable, but unlike dentures, patients can transform their entire smile while still maintaining their existing teeth because the appliance is simply placed over the originals. Its retention is completely tooth-borne, so the appliance does not impinge on the gum tissue nor cover the palate, making it look and feel very natural. Another advantage of Snap-On Smile — dentures only replace the missing teeth leaving the appearance of the remaining teeth unchanged. Together, the patient and dentist can choose from several shades and shapes with Snap-On Smile, providing an array of choices to further enhance a patient’s smile with this custom fitted appliance.
Snap-On Smile is a smart alternative to the invasive, painful and costly treatment options of dental implants and fixed bridges. Available in quadrant sizes as well as full arch, no other removable partial denture performs both these tasks as comfortably and naturally as Snap-On Smile. This option is also ideal for patients who are not candidates to receive implants.
Raising Facial Height/Vertical Dimension
Severe wear due to attrition and bruxism can cause substantial loss of facial height. Facial height, or vertical dimension, is a measurement taken between the tip of the nose and the tip of the chin. If left untreated, this condition can lead to angular chelitis, which is a deep fold at the corner of the mouth. Not only can this fold harbor bacteria, but it usually makes a patient look much older.
Traditionally, full mouth reconstruction is done by drilling down the teeth to prepare them for crowns (caps) on both upper and lower arches. This is an invasive, painful, time consuming and costly procedure.
A custom fitted Snap-On Smile can increase facial height as well as provide patients with a more pleasing smile with no drilling. The appliance can also be used for diagnostic analysis before full-mouth rehabilitation. Snap-On Smile is a non-invasive, quick, affordable procedure to dramatically combat the loss of facial height.
Enhancing Existing Smile
Planning a wedding? Starting a new job? Getting in shape for a school reunion? Dazzle on a big day with a gorgeous new set of pearly whites with Snap-On Smile.
In just a few weeks, Snap-On Smile® can give you a million dollar smile that is far less expensive, less painful and less time consuming than traditional cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics.