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Snap-On Smiles: A Guide For Potential Patients

If you have minimal damage to your teeth, the teeth you have are yellowed, or your smile is misaligned, a lot of people think the only solutions they have would come along with lengthy procedures with a cosmetic dentist. However, snap-on smiles, sometimes called slide-in smiles, are a temporary solution that don't require much in the way of treatment of procedures. If you are looking for a quick way to see the appearance of your smile improve, this temporary dental solution may be a good solution for you. Here are a few of the biggest questions new patients tend to have about snap-on smiles. 

So what is a snap-on smile exactly?

A snap-on smile is a form-fitting acrylic mold that snaps or slips on place over your existing teeth. The cosmetic dentist will take impressions of your current teeth and then work with a dental lab to create a mouthpiece that fits tightly to your teeth, but offers a more aesthetic look. Some of the problems snap-on smiles can cover include:

  • missing or broken teeth
  • large gaps or spreading between the teeth
  • recessed gum lines
  • stained or discolored teeth
  • teeth which appear too small
  • abnormally pointy teeth

Can you eat and drink with a snap-on smile in place?

It is usually recommended that you remove your snap-on smile while you eat or drink to help ensure that you get as much use out of the piece as possible. Chewing can cause damage, and some beverages that have a high acid base can create deep stains over time. So, while you can eat or drink with the mouthpiece in place, you may be better off not to do so just so you can keep your snap-on smile for as long as possible.  

Does a snap-on smile make a difference in how you sound?

The cosmetic dentist will do all they can to ensure your snap-on smile fits tightly over your teeth so there is no movement when you speak and there will only be minimal changes in how you sound. However, when you initially put the mouthpiece in place, it can take a few days to get used to how your new smile feels in your mouth. Therefore, you may hear a slight difference in how you sound when you talk or speak with a slight lisp. These slight changes will likely subside once you get used to wearing the prosthetic smile in your mouth. 

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