Tooth Talk with Brinkley Dental Group – New Teeth “In A Snap!”

Have you heard of Snap On Smiles? Have you been looking for an easy way to upgrade your smile from simple to sensational? Maybe you did a Google search one day and came across a “great” way to get new teeth in a snap – with “teeth” you simply snap on over your existing ones. If your first reaction is “that sounds too good to be true,” you’d be right. New teeth in a snap is not quite as simple as the name implies so today, we thought it important to talk about the do’s and don’ts of snap on teeth, particularly in these ongoing pandemic times when just about everyone is online shopping and ads for snap on smiles might seem enticing! Here’s what you need to know.

We admit, it takes some effort to maintain clean, healthy teeth and also, there are some people who have to work that much harder than the rest of us in order to do so. The temptation for a quick and easy fix is hard to ignore. But, in reality are snap on teeth quick? Are they easy? We can already tell you they are hard to ignore – but perhaps not for the reasons you might think.

  • Snap on veneers fit over your teeth very similar to the way a mouth guard does. After an initial fitting (and sometimes even that’s not needed) you don’t even need a Dentist’s help with putting them on or taking them off. We think this could be problematic.
  • Some folks might choose snap on veneers due to a missing tooth, chipped or cracked teeth or badly stained teeth and they want a quick, cosmetic fix without the expense. Perhaps a job interview is coming up or an important and special occasion. If this is the case, temporary teeth might be a good idea for a one time use or over a short period of time. But there are drawbacks too and it’s important you know what you are getting into when you consider a snap on smile.
  • Working together with a Dentist to obtain a proper fit, using molds of your teeth is the best way to go. This will ensure you have that perfect fit, have been instructed appropriately on their use and care, and face less risk of injury to your mouth or gums from ill-fitting prosthetics.
  • Temporary veneers are also available from a wide variety of companies who offer a range of products made out of different materials but most are commonly made with a resin base. You can literally order them online. Some require you (much like a mouth guard) to immerse them first in boiling water and then to “fit” them over your teeth holding them in place until they assume the shape of your teeth and mouth. Maybe not as easy as you think?
  • Companies claim that depending on use and care, these fake teeth can last anywhere from 2-5 years without stain or damage.
  • Some companies even claim you can eat and drink while wearing your snap on smile while others either strongly discourage or outright suggest that you should not.

For the team here at Brinkley Dental in Brampton, that last reason alone makes the wearing of fake teeth questionable. If you’re trying to impress a date but can’t even sip from your wine glass, what’s the point? Looking to take your career up a notch by snapping on a smile for your next job interview? What happens if they invite you out for dinner or ask you to entertain clients? It all sounds kind of problematic to us and the truth is, that’s because it is. Ill-fitting teeth will chafe against your gums causing damage; they can break easily, food (if you do attempt to eat) can get trapped underneath and unless you remove them and clean both them and your real teeth you are putting your overall mouth health at risk. The quality of these products varies significantly, particularly when shopping online so remember what we said at the outset – “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” While this option is of course, quite a bit cheaper than traditional veneers done by a Dentist – the long term cost of permanent damage to your teeth must also be considered.

Getting a whole new set of teeth in a snap might be more than you bargained for! As with any kind of online shopping, one should always shop with a “buyer beware” kind of mentality and snap on teeth are definitely something you should be “aware” of what you are getting. If you would like to know more about temporary teeth and/or veneers made by a Dentist, make an appointment to talk to the professional and family friendly team here at Brinkley Dental in Brampton. Like so many other things in life, there is no real replacement for taking good care of the teeth you already have so we’ll end as we always do with this reminder: “Don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and brush that smile!”