I’ve heard of a dental appliance that you can put over your teeth to make it look like you’ve got the perfect smile. I’ve got a class reunion coming up, and I really want to make an impression, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.
Have you heard of this? Where can I get one, how much is it, how does it really look? How do they make it? Do I need shots or have my teeth ground? How long does it take to get one?
Thanks for your help,
Grady from New Hampshire
You are talking about a Snap-On Smile, and it is manufactured by a Den Mat, a dental materials company in California. The Snap-On Smile is a temporary smile makeover. People use them sometimes as costume props for the theater, or for big events like weddings or reunions. It isn’t meant to be a permanent appliance.
Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends the impression or a model made from the impression to the Den Mat laboratory. There isn’t any grinding of your teeth required, so you don’t need novocain. It takes about two weeks for your appliance to arrive. It should just snap right over your own teeth, with no alterations at all, and it should be fairly comfortable when in place. The Snap-On Smile may make your teeth seem larger and bulkier, so be prepared for that.
A word of caution—for best results, you should really consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist, and have them send in the model. When you get ready for a permanent solution, porcelain veneers might be an option for you.