Snap-On Smile Portland, ME
Snap-On Smile® is an effective dental solution for missing, crooked, or yellow teeth. This removable appliance fits securely over natural teeth and provides wearers with a beautiful, straight smile. If you are not confident about your smile, a Snap-On Smile may be able to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
Snap-On Smile treatment is available at Inspire Dental of Maine in Portland and the surrounding area. A consultation can help you understand whether this option is right for you. Call us today at (207) 221-5578 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Good Candidates for a Snap-On Smile
A Snap-On Smile covers teeth to give people an attractive, natural-looking smile. This device is a great alternative for people who want to improve their smile but do not want to undergo complex and invasive dental procedures. They are an excellent choice for people with gaps, misaligned, missing, or stained teeth. Anyone with cosmetic removable partial dentures and wants a more comfortable and modern alternative can also benefit from a Snap-On Smile.
Snap-On Smiles are not right for everyone. People who have the following are not good candidates:
- Broken teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Gum disease
- Other oral problems
- Severely crooked teeth
“They are an excellent choice for people with gaps, misaligned, missing, or stained teeth.”
Benefits of Snap-On Smile
The largest benefit of a Snap-On Smile is a more attractive smile. A smile is often one of the first things people notice in others. For those with missing or chipped teeth, fillings, or discoloration, smiling can be something they avoid or hide. A Snap-On Smile can give people an open, friendly smile that positively affects their personal and professional life.
Another benefit of this device is that it is a non-invasive procedure. While other treatment alternatives involve removing the enamel, Snap-On Smiles fit over natural teeth without the need for alteration. Multiple orthodontic treatments can take years to complete. They can produce dramatic results in as little as two appointments.
“A Snap-On Smile can give people an open, friendly smile that positively affects their personal and professional life.”
What To Expect When Receiving A Snap-On Smile
Before treatment can begin, people must have an initial examination to determine whether they are a viable candidate. If they are a good candidate, we will take an impression of the patient's teeth and color match their teeth. Then we will send the impressions to a lab where technicians will spend several days creating molds and perfecting a custom-fit appliance.
The process of creating a customized Snap-On Smile can take up to three weeks. Once completed, the patient will return for a fitting of the final piece. During this visit, we will make any necessary adjustments for an optimal fit. Once the patient is satisfied with the feel and fit, they can wear their Snap-On Smile home.
“The process of creating a customized Snap-On Smile can take up to three weeks.”
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Lifestyle Changes for Long-Term Maintenance
With proper care and maintenance, a Snap-On Smile should last several years. We recommend removing the device at night and storing it in a protective case. Wearers will have to adjust their diet. They should avoid food and drinks that can stain, including beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine and food such as blueberries.
It is also best to avoid sticky, chewy foods, including ice, and biting hard objects. Although a Snap-On Smile consists of a sturdy resin, it can crack if sufficient force is applied. A Snap-On Smile wearer should clean their device after every time they remove it. Soaking the device and gently brushing it will remove debris and bacteria so that people can maintain healthy smiles.
“With proper care and maintenance, a Snap-On Smile should last several years.”
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Caring for Snap-On Smile
Caring for a Snap-On Smile is easy with the help of Snap-On Smile's unique cleaning solution. Patients should use this cleanser daily. A 15-minute soak in the solution helps remove stains such as tea and coffee, as well as plaque buildup. The American Dental Association also recommends that people avoid using toothpaste or household cleaners to clean their removable appliances. Toothpaste can be abrasive and damage the polish.
It is also important to thoroughly rinse the appliance to remove any food particles. Patients should handle their device carefully to avoid chipping and breaking dental appliances. Fill the sink with water and place a folded towel over the edges while cleaning. These precautions offer a dropped device a soft place to land.
“Caring for a Snap-On Smile is easy with the help of Snap-On Smile’s unique cleaning solution.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does receiving a Snap-On Smile hurt?
A. This procedure should not cause any pain. There is no drilling needed and no pain in receiving a Snap-On Smile. This procedure is non-invasive since we place the device over a patient's natural teeth.
Q. Will a Snap-On Smile damage my natural teeth?
A. A Snap-On Smile fits securely over the teeth. The device snaps into place without the need for adhesive. There is no damage done to natural teeth.
Q. Is Snap-On Smile the same as veneers?
A. The purpose is the same, which is covering stained or missing teeth. However, veneers typically require the natural teeth to be filed down. Snap-On Smile does not require this type of preparation.
Q. Will it become stained?
A. Snap-On Smile is stain-resistant. However, certain foods and drinks can discolor it over time. Patients should avoid foods, beverages, and smoking to prevent discoloration.
Q. Does my insurance cover this appliance?
A. Snap-On Smile is a cosmetic solution. Because it does not directly affect a patient's health, most insurance providers do not cover this treatment. People who are interested in this treatment should contact their insurance provider for more information.
Cosmetic Dentistry Terminology
- Anti-Bacteria Gel
- Anti-bacterial gel typically contains alcohol and other chemicals that will help to kill bacteria and germs that it comes into contact with.
- Crown Lengthening
- Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that increases the extent of a tooth structure for restorative or esthetic purposes.
- A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Call Us Today
Snap-On Smile treatment can enhance the appearance of teeth so you can smile confidently. Our team at Inspire Dental of Maine can help. Call us today at 207-221-5578 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Clinical Terms. 2023
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2023
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2023
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