How long can I wear a snap on smile to protect my teeth before I get dental treatment? My dentist recommended the smile for me because the dental work I need is going to take 2 years. I need 5 dental implants with crowns and 4 other crowns. It’s not that she can’t do all the work faster, but I can’t afford it. I’m 3 years out of college and still paying off loans. I have to budget in my dental work along with paying off student loans. I wasn’t expecting to have to pay for a snap on smile too. I’m just wondering if it’s worth the money to get it or if I am going to have to replace it if the 2 years are up. My dentist seems to be honest but I am wondering if she is trying to get a little more money out of me because the work is being stretched out over years. Is it really worth it? Todd
Todd – The Snap-on Smile is for cosmetic purposes only. It won’t protect your teeth from decay, but it can improve the appearance of your smile. It’s not meant to be worn every day, so depending on how often you wear it and how to care for it, it might last two years.
Your dentist will prioritize your treatment over the next two years. If you need dental crowns, the crowned teeth might need root canal treatment, too.
If You Wear the Snap-on Smile, Don’t Delay Treatment
It’s important for all patients to remember that the Snap-on Smile should not be used to delay dental treatment. Be sure you stick with your dentist’s timeline for treatment. It will help keep costs down. If you prolong treatment, the condition of your teeth will worsen and treatment will become more costly.
If your appliance is provided by a cosmetic dentist, it can enhance your smile. Otherwise it can look bulky, because it fits directly over your teeth. It might not produce the results you want.
Additionally, in all cases of major dental work, we suggest that you receive a second opinion from an accredited cosmetic dentist. He or she will let you know your options. You can compare the second opinion with what your current dentist is recommending.
This post is sponsored by Chatham, NJ top cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.