Veneers can be used to fix a wide variety of dental problems, ranging from stained teeth to chipped teeth to slightly crooked teeth. Most people have heard of veneers, but not everyone knows that there is more than one type. In addition to the traditional type of veneers that you're already familiar with, there is another type: snap-on veneers. Here's what you need to know about this option.
How do they differ from traditional veneers?
Traditional veneers are tooth-shaped, thin pieces of porcelain or composite that are permanently cemented onto the front surface of your teeth. Each piece is attached individually. Snap-on veneers, on the other hand, are one-piece dental appliances, sort of like a retainer or a mouthguard.
Unlike traditional veneers, snap-on veneers aren't permanent. You can take them out whenever you want to, without your dentist's help, just like a mouthguard. The structure of your own teeth isn't altered in any way to prepare for the snap-ons, but this is not the case for traditional veneers. Before traditional veneers can be applied, your enamel needs to be filed down to prepare the tooth surfaces. Enamel can't grow back, so the decision to get traditional veneers is a permanent one.
How do dentists apply snap-on-veneers?
Getting snap-on veneers is a very simple process, especially compared to the process required for traditional veneers. Your dentist will first take an impression of your mouth. He or she will use this impression to create your new veneers. When the veneers are ready, you'll go back to the dentist to pick them up. Your dentist will make sure that the veneers fit properly, and if they don't, necessary adjustments will be made. That's the whole process! There's no pain and no filing of the enamel involved.
When are they used?
Snap-on veneers have a lot of applications. They can be used for people who are considering getting traditional veneers, but want to try out their new look before they make any permanent changes to their smile. They can also be used for people who are very scared of dental treatments and would rather have a type of veneers that doesn't involve filing, cementing, or spending much time at the dentist's office. People who are on a strict budget may also choose this option over more expensive traditional veneers.
How long do they last?
Snap-on veneers don't last forever, but if you look after them, you can use them for as long as 5 years before they need to be replaced. Cleaning them daily with the cleaner your dentist provides and taking them out when you go to bed will help prolong the life of your snap-on veneers. This lifespan is comparable to the lifespan of traditional veneers, which are expected to last about 5 to 10 years.
How much do they cost?
Traditional veneers are a costly option and can cost as much as $1,300 per tooth. This can get very expensive, very quickly, especially if you want to get them on all of the teeth that are visible when you smile.
Snap-on veneers can cost $1,000 to $3,500 per arch, depending on a lot of factors such as your location, your dentist, and the shape and size of your own teeth. You'll need to see your dentist for a consultation to find out exactly how much you can expect to pay.
If you have stained, chipped, or slightly crooked teeth and don't want to go through the hassle and pain of getting traditional veneers, ask your dentist about getting snap-on veneers. This is a great option for people who want to fix their smile easily and quickly.
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18 May 2015