Snap on smile or press on veneers?

I am thinking about getting a snap on smile or press on veneers for my teeth. My teeth are different lengths and I want them to look even. I am not sure which appliance will last longer. Also, which will give me a more natural look? Thank you. Rhiannon

Rhiannon – A Snap-On Smile is a temporary smile makeover. Although it is not meant to be worn permanently, if you wear it every day, it will last about five years. The Snap-On Smile can improve the appearance of uneven teeth, but since it fits right over your teeth, it can make them look bulky. Press-On Veneers are a do-it-yourself way to conceal your teeth with hopes of improving your smile. They also fit over your teeth. And the results are unpredictable. Depending on which option you choose, they can be more expensive than a Snap-On Smile.

See a cosmetic dentist to discuss your concerns. Porcelain veneers may be right for you. They are permanent and will cover the front of your teeth to make them look even. It could be that your teeth can be contoured, or shaped, to make them even. Even if you decide to get a Snap-On Smile, receiving an appliance that is from a dentist that is customized to fit your teeth can give you more natural-looking results.

Your dentist will also ensure that your Snap-On Smile will not rub and irritate your gums. Do-it-yourself products can be difficult to adjust without leaving them poorly cut or loose on your teeth. If you wear the Snap-On Smile or Press-On Veneers daily, they will wear out quickly. They can last two to three years if you only wear them for special occasions.

To find out which treatment is best for your case, and to discuss your options, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. The professional advice will save you money in the long term and help you get the best results.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.

Should I switch dentists for free Zoom whitening?

My dentist doesn’t do Zoom whitening. She only offers take-home whitening but I want faster results all at once. I have a really busy summer coming and I think that I will not be able to keep up with whitening my teeth if I have to do it at home. There are a few local dentists who offer free or discounted Zoom whitening after one or two dental cleanings with them. I am due for a cleaning within the next month, so I am considering switching to a new dentist so I can get my teeth whitened. I am just wondering if this might be a plot to get me to their office. Is it really possible to get free Zoom whitening and is it bad for me to change dentists just to get it? – Thanks Alaina

Alaina – There are different types of Zoom Whitening, including in-office whitening and take home trays. You should ask both dentists which level of whitening is free and if there are any other costs that are included. Take-home whitening takes time to be effective. After two or three weeks, you will get the best results from it.

Often when free whitening is offered, you will have to receive an exam, x-rays, and a dental cleaning. You mentioned that both dentists have requirements that must be met before they give you free whitening. Also consider the dentist’s fees, if the practice accepts your dental insurance, and the benefits your insurance company will pay. Get specifics from the dentists’ office as to what is required of you to receive free whitening.

Also consider your relationship and rapport with your current dentist. Is it worth switching to a new dentist to get Zoom whitening? It is possible that you can get Zoom from a dentist without permanently leaving your own dentist, but you can expect it to cost more than it would if you switch.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.