Frequently Asked Questions About Snap-On Smiles

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Frequently Asked Questions About Snap-On Smiles

Did you know that it is possible to achieve a perfectly aligned, radiant smile without braces and /or cosmetic dental procedures? A Snap-on Smile is a retainer-like, natural-looking dental appliance that fits comfortably over the patient’s natural teeth. For patients with discolored, crooked, gapped, or missing teeth, this is an incredible option that offers immediate results!

Here, our dentist answers the most frequently asked questions about Snap-on Smiles.

1.    What is the process for obtaining a Snap-on Smile?

Getting a Snap-on Smile is a simple, fast, and painless process. During the initial consultation with the dentist, the patient will decide on the shade and style of their dental appliance, and the dentist will take an impression of the patient’s teeth. The impressions and patient’s preferences are sent to a dental lab technician who will carefully create the appliance.

In about two or three weeks, the Snap-on Smile will arrive back at the dentist’s office and the patient will return for a final fitting. If the patient approves, he or she can leave the office wearing their new smile that day!

2.    Am I a candidate?

Patients with the following cosmetic issues are suitable candidates for a Snap-on Smile:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Dental erosion
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Dental misalignment
  • Missing teeth
  • Intrinsic dental stains

This treatment could be a game-changer for patients who do not qualify for dental implants or a traditional dental bridge.

Patients must also have good oral health and be free of gum disease or tooth decay. However, the dentist can simply address and treat these problems before moving forward with the Snap-on Smile process.

3.    Can I eat with a Snap-on Smile?

No one wants to “take out their teeth” while eating, especially in front of people. Unlike with a retainer, a Snap-on Smile makes eating easier and actually contributes to better digestive health! The Snap-on Smile helps patients break down food so that it can be more easily digested by the stomach. This helps prevent acid reflux, bloating, and other stomach issues.

There are some foods that you may want to avoid—especially when out to eat with family and friends. These include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Sticky candy like Milk Duds, Starbursts, taffy, and caramels
  • Hard foods such as tough meats, chewy bread, and chips

These foods may lead to breaking or cracking of the dental appliance. Patients should also be aware that their Snap-on Smile requires proper care. Mainly, it should be thoroughly cleaned with a special cleaner after every meal if possible.

4.    What are the benefits of a Snap-on Smile?

There are numerous advantages to choosing a Snap-on Smile to improve the aesthetics of your teeth. The benefits of a Snap-on Smile include:

  • A quick and simple process
  • Affordability (compared to other cosmetic treatments)
  • Realistic results
  • Removability
  • Alternative for those who aren’t candidates for implants or bridges
  • Alternative for those who need a partial denture
  • Comfort
  • Painless application
  • No need to alter the natural tooth structures
  • No permanent damage or change to natural teeth
  • Stain-resistant
  • Improved dental function

Find a Snap-on Smile Dentist Today

At Smiles for Grant Park, Dr. Abbey J. Lee offers Snap-on Smiles to eligible patients. Her experience and skill ensure you will be satisfied with the results! To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Lee, call our office today at 404-328-7177.

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