Proceed with caution when considering snap on veneers.
At Electric Teeth, we do not recommend that you purchase snap on veneers from the internet. Read on to find out why.
Snap on Veneers are a new dental trend.
They are removable veneers which are made without seeing a dentist.
The companies producing these products are promising a cheap and quick alternative to cosmetic dental work.
But I want to discuss the reasons for choosing this option. I will also explain the reasons why you should approach these with caution.
Snap on veneers are a form of dentistry. You are doing something that can affect your oral and dental health. And you are doing this without a professional checking on the health of your teeth and gums.
I will discuss what snap on veneers are, the advantages promoted by the manufacturers, and the process of getting them. I will also explain potential problems with snap on veneers and the alternative treatments you could opt for.
At Electric Teeth, we do not recommend that you purchase snap on veneers from the internet. We advise against all direct to customer removable veneers because of the potential for harm to your teeth and gums.
What Are Snap On Veneers?
Snap on veneers are a removable alternative to traditional dental veneers. They fit over and around your existing teeth.
Snap on veneers use a thin layer of tooth coloured resin to cover up your teeth. These temporary veneers are fitted and removed as and when you like with no need to visit the dentist. They don’t need any dental injections, no cutting of gums or tooth tissue, and no bonding to your real teeth.
Just like traditional veneers, these removable veneers act as a mask over your natural teeth.
There are two main types of snap on veneers:
- Instant veneers with an at home reline material. The fake teeth arrive in the post with a type of glue already attached to them, which you mould at home.
- Snap on veneers personalised to your teeth. The company sends you impressions to do first. You take the impressions of your teeth and send them to the company. The company then produces and sends you the snap on veneers.
To be clear, in this article, snap on veneers refer to instant veneers where you specifically do not see a dentist.
Snap-On Smile is a branded product from DenMat. It is produced using a dentist prescription and is not included as a Snap On Veneer unless explicitly mentioned.
How Are Snap On Veneers Different To Traditional Dental Veneers?
The biggest difference is that snap on veneers are a removable option solution. They are attached and removed from the teeth by yourself at home.
Traditional dental veneers are a permanent solution that requires a dentist to bond them to your natural teeth. In Australia traditional veneers are made by qualified Dental Technicians. The labs that they work for have certain regulation requirements.
Traditional veneers normally require some cutting of tooth tissue which might also need local anaesthetic injections. But not in all cases.
They can be made for just one tooth, or you can have multiple teeth prepared for veneers.
Impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and these are sent off to a lab. The dental technician produces a custom made device (a registered medical device) from porcelain or similar aesthetic material.
These materials are picked for their hardness, ability to reflect light, and semi-translucency. This is sent back to be fitted by your dentist. Once fitted, they cannot be removed unless you see a dentist.
Snap on veneers are a removable veneer.
You take and send off impressions to the company that makes the moulds. Someone in their laboratory (not necessarily a qualified and registered dental technician) makes your custom fitted snap in teeth.
These will cover multiple teeth at the same time with no gaps between them. You can take them out and put them in as many times as you like, at home. The material used depends on the company, but has some flexibility to allow insertion and removal without breaking. Over time these can change shape and become loose.
Are There Other Names For Snap On Veneers?
There are a number of different names used to refer to what is essentially the same thing.
Snap on veneers is probably the most widely used term, but other names include:
- Clip on veneers
- Snap on smile
- Removable veneers
- Temporary veneers
- Instant veneers
- Fake veneers
- Do it yourself tooth veneer kit
- press on veneers
- clip in veneers
- do it yourself snap on teeth
- pop on veneers
- at home veneers
- no dentist veneers
- teeth covers
- cheap veneers
- snap in teeth
- plastic veneers
Who Produces Snap On Veneers?
Snap on veneer brands that are available include:
Jon has completed a full instasmile review, having bought a pair and tested them.
About: They have 2 different products, the classic and the platinum. They offer single arch veneers and packages for both. A one off payment price or finance options are available. Impressions to be taken at home.
Approximate cost: From $699 for a single arch and $999 for both up to $1799 for the premium option.
About: A UK based company offering full arch veneers. You buy each arch with no discount for buying a full set. Requires impressions to be taken at home. Payment plans offered as well as a one off payment. They ship worldwide.
Approximate cost: $550 (£299) per arch.
Snow White Clip in Veneers
About: A UK based snap on veneer company, based in Cheshire. You can purchase single arches or two arch kits. They send an impression kit you must complete at home. Payment must be made in full, in advance of receiving your veneers.
Approximate cost: £299 per arch pr £399 for both arches. Express services available for £500 and £450 respectively for veneers in 2 or 5 days respectively.
Brighter Image Lab
About: An American firm with several packages available. They send an impression kit you must complete at home. Offer one off payments or two half payments.
Approximate cost: Cheapest option is $987 per arch and $1598 for both arches with the premium option being $1950 for an arch and $2850 for both arches.
About: An American company that requires you to take an at home impression. Offers a package containing both upper and lower teeth. The veneers cover 12 teeth on each arch. You can pay one lump sum or in 2 instalments. Worldwide shipping fees approx US$75-150. You may also need to pay an Australian customs fee.
Approximate cost: Both arches US$470 (single payment) US$480 (2 payments). No Price in AUS$ on the website.
Fab Smile Veneers
About: A UK company offering two different products, Ideal and Elite. An at home impression kit is used to custom mould the veneers. Available for one or both arches. Savings to be had for buying ‘spares’ along with various payment options. Worldwide shipping offered.
Approximate cost: Prices from £199 for a single arch or £340 for both. More “premium” Elite option from £418 per arch or £637.50 for both. No AUS$ price on the website.
Snap On Veneers – What Do The Companies Say?
The manufacturers of no-dentist veneers advertise them as a quick miracle fix.
But you need to think critically about them.
This section will outline:
- Reasons to choose snap on veneers – what the companies selling them recommend them for.
- The reported advantages of snap on veneers.
- Who makes an ideal candidate for snap on veneers.
Reasons To Choose Snap On Veneers
The main purpose of snap on veneers is to change the look of your teeth and smile, without an expensive or invasive trip to the dentist.
The makers claim that if you do not like the way your teeth currently look, veneers can alter this to make them more cosmetically appealing.
If you have a chipped tooth, crooked, or gaps in between teeth, then a snap on veneer will hide these issues.
Snap on veneers cover up stained teeth, even where a professional clean will not remove the discolouration.
The companies making the snap on veneers say they could even be used as an alternative to a single tooth denture if you have a missing tooth.
A temporary set of veneers might also be useful for particular social engagements. Perhaps you are going to a wedding, a party or a special event. The veneers can temporarily alter your smile to pose for photos.
What Are The Advantages Of Snap On Veneers?
These are the pros reported by the companies making snap on veneers:
- Removable – Take in and out as often as you like.
- No dentist/dental work involved – In most cases there is no need for a dentist to be involved and no dental work required.
- Temporary – Allow you to get an idea of what your teeth will look like if you invest in dental veneers without committing to the procedure or costs.
- Semi-permanent – More durable options exist allowing for extended/everyday wear.
- Cost – Cheaper than dentist made and fitted veneers.
- Buy online – Can be bought from the comfort of your own home.
Who Can Have Snap On Veneers?
You need to have some of your own natural teeth or implanted teeth on to which the snap on veneer can attach.
Snap on veneers aren’t suitable for you if you have particularly protruding teeth (as the snap on veneers will make these appear worse and will also affect your mouth closing). They should also be avoided if you have severe gum disease and loose teeth (periodontal disease).
Only people with healthy teeth and gums are suitable candidates for snap on veneers. In other words, if you have untreated dental decay or gum disease, you should not use instant veneers. You will not know about these issues unless you see a dentist before starting treatment.
How Much Do Snap On Veneers Cost?
The prices of clip on veneers vary from one company to another, and from one country to another.
Instant fake teeth without an impression stage are the cheapest snap on veneers. The fit, finish and overall quality are often extremely poor.
In fact, avoid those that do not require an impression stage and which come with just a reline material attached to the veneers. These can become stuck to your teeth and gums and almost impossible to remove if not used correctly, just like this unlucky person.
The ‘better’ options are those that require you to take an impression of your teeth and custom make the veneers for you based on the impression you take.
I say ‘better’ because I really don’t recommend any DIY dentistry. But of the two different types of instant veneers, these will have a better outcome.
A single arch of veneers will cost between £250-600 with prices for both arches varying between £350-1000.
The gold standard are those offered by Snap-On Smile, an option only available through a dentist. These cost approximately $1,800 for one arch.
A lot of the cost comes from the “lab” cost. Making personalised false teeth costs money. Only the Snap-On Smile is guaranteed to be produced by a qualified dental technician. As dental technicians can only work on a prescription from a dentist, any option where you do not see a dentist will not be using a qualified and registered dental technician to make your fake teeth.
When it comes to how you pay, there are various options. Some companies require full upfront payment, whilst others offer the option to split the cost over 2 payments. This is usually an initial payment before the impression kit is sent, followed by the second and final payment when the veneers are ready to be dispatched to you. Select companies and dentists will offer finance plans/weekly payments.
Whilst the payment plans may seem more attractive, please really do consider if you can afford this and do not over commit yourself.
Because this is a cosmetic only treatment (as outlined in the company’s Terms and Conditions), it is unlikely that insurance will pay out for removable veneers.
The process of getting snap on veneers
Before you can go around showing off your new and improved smile, there are a few stages you need to go through before you actually get them in your hand to fit to your teeth.
The stages I outline below are for cheaper online companies and not those snap on/instant veneers you can get from your dentist.
Please be aware these stages are generalised and the exact steps will vary from one company to another.
1: Get a dental check-up before getting snap on veneers
The online companies can’t force you to do this, but it is important no matter what type of snap on veneers you get. Issues like cavities and gum disease really should be dealt with before wearing them and may only be made worse if you wear veneers, not having dealt with the issues.
2. Choose a brand
Research each company, what they can offer and make a decision which is best for you. Take a detailed look at their website, read frequently asked questions and become very familiar with what they offer. Ask yourself questions such as:
Are the prices within your budget?
How does the price compare to other companies?
What is the warranty period?
Can you eat and drink with that brand of snap on veneers?
What are the terms and conditions of purchase?
What happens if you are not happy with the results?
Who is making your removable veneers and what are they made from?
Check their contact page to learn where the company is based. Do they have an office you can visit, a telephone number you can call or ways of contacting them should you have any questions or queries?
3. Order Online
The online order process tends to be fairly simple. The exact steps will vary. Better companies will ask more questions about you and your teeth. They will assess whether you are suitable for their product and decline your custom if you are not a suitable candidate for their clip on veneers.
It is at this point that you will be expected to select the product you desire from the companies range and make decisions on things like the colour and the tooth alignment (assuming these options are given).
4. Taking impressions of your teeth
The company will send you an impression kit through the post. This kit contains all the items you need to take the impressions required at home. Some kits will ask for a couple of impressions to be taken, whilst others will ask for just one. It is very important to follow the instructions carefully. Most companies offer written and video instructions.
You will normally need to send photos of your impressions to the company. You will also need to take photos of your teeth and smile. These are used to help with the manufacturing process to ensure the moulds are a good match to your teeth and your veneers are made correctly.
After checking the impressions, post them back to the company.
5. The manufacturing process
Within 24-72 hours of receiving your impressions, you will receive contact from the company to confirm how long the manufacturing process will take. They will tell you when you can expect your removable veneers.
Expect it to be about 2-3 weeks.
Some companies do offer express services so that you can get them quicker.
It may take longer if the products is to be posted from overseas.
It is at this stage that the company might contact you or re-send an impression kit if the first impressions provided were not suitable.
6. Fitting the veneers
Normally the clip on veneers are ready to wear right out of the box, but you should double check the instructions provided.
Rinse them first. Unless they have come from a registered dental lab, there is no guarantee what you are putting in your mouth is sterile.
You can then follow the directions provided to insert them into your mouth.
Putting the veneers into the mouth and removing them can cause pressure and extra stress to be placed on the veneers if they are not handled carefully.
Things to consider when fitting your removable veneers:
- Ensure they are aligned correctly to fit over your natural teeth.
- Starting clipping them in from the back teeth, moving towards the front teeth.
- Clip the veneers over your teeth with a little pressure, but not too much force.
Because the majority of veneers are custom made they should have a good fit. Any play in the fit or sensation of them coming loose will require you to speak to the manufacturer.
When removing the veneers, start at your canines (the fang shaped teeth). Gently tease the veneers from side to side until they come loose.
Try to avoid too much pressure and flex or bending of the veneers.
Some key things to look for when trying your snap on veneers:
- They should not go underneath the gum.
- You should still be able to bite down comfortably.
- There should not be gaps between the veneer and your tooth.
How to look after snap on veneers
The way in which you should care for and look after your veneers will depend on the product you have opted for.
Always follow the guidelines that the manufacturer of your veneers offers.
General guidance includes:
- Always remove them for cleaning your teeth.
- Clean them daily using water and a soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure you clean the surface that comes into contact with your own teeth.
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes.
- Disinfecting tablets, similar to those used for dentures can be used to keep them in optimum condition and super clean.
When not in use, store your veneers in a safe place, ideally in a storage case. This will protect them from unwanted damage and exposure to other elements that may affect them.
Keep out of direct sunlight or particularly hot environments as this could lead to an alteration in the shape.
Snap On Veneers – A Dentist’s Viewpoint
I can see why people want snap on veneers. In theory, they are an affordable cosmetic option which should not damage the teeth.
I like that these are minimally invasive – they do not require drilling of the tooth tissue.
But because snap on veneers are not made by dentists or qualified dental technicians, the end product is not as high quality as you might expect. The appearance is often not as good as promised, and the materials used can vary.
Not involving a dentist also means that you aren’t told about all your options, and not given a realistic assessment of what is possible. The removable veneers companies say the only other option is porcelain veneers, but that is simply not true.
There is also potential for disease to be missed before starting the manufacturing process.
Because there is no regulation over these, we do not know whether they are definitely being made from safe materials.
We also do not know what qualifications the people making these products have. There is no way to know that they are being made in a safe and hygienic way.
Another big concern is lack of transparency by the companies making them. They often allude to “certified technicians” and sometimes even “licensed dentists”. But there is no name associated with these claims. The brands are deliberately vague and do not advertise these professionals openly.
For me, I think there is a reason registered dentists don’t have their names attached to these brands and you should consider that too.
Snap On Veneers Are A Risk To Natural Teeth
The biggest danger and risk is not taking care of what natural teeth you have. You need to ensure you maintain good oral hygiene standards, even if you are going to wear a snap on smile.
You can get gingivitis (inflamed gums) from you veneers for two different reasons:
- Trauma induced gingivitis because the veneers rub on the edges of the gums, like when you get a blister from rubbing shoes!
- Plaque induced gingivitis because the veneer edges hide more bacteria and plaque compared to not wearing snap on veneers. This is even more likely if you aren’t cleaning your teeth or veneers properly.
If you fail to clean your snap on veneers and your teeth after eating and drinking, you are also more likely to develop decay in your natural teeth.
If you haven’t seen a dentist before starting treatment, you may not know that you already have gum disease and dental decay. Wearing the snap on veneers will worsen these conditions, so make sure you get any treatment required before doing impressions for snap on veneers.
Some veneers can potentially damage the enamel of your teeth, particularly the poorer fitting options. The constant fitting and removal can cause the veneers to rub against the enamel on your natural tooth. This rubbing of the veneer on the natural tooth surface can be worsened if the veneers allow you to eat whilst they are fitted.
To my knowledge, there is no clinical evidence that backs this up, but reports of damage being done as a result of these products exist. As a dentist, I am familiar with similar damage being caused by removable dentures.
Snap On Veneers Won’t look As Good As You Expect
The appearance of removable veneers often isn’t as good as you would expect.
Different companies use different materials. This and the customisation processes all affect the look of your clip on veneers.
Some products are going to look better than others, from the materials used to the actual design, fit and finish. The thickness of the material will vary.
Be aware that because these are placed straight on top of your natural teeth, they will look bulky.
The thinner the material the better, when it comes to appearances. Be wary of companies telling you to go for a thicker material to make them last longer. These thicker veneers will not look as good.
The materials used for snap on veneers will lack the translucency needed to make your teeth look natural. Your teeth are naturally translucent at the tips, and the materials used can’t replicate this.
Removable veneers tend to look dull under the light. They have just one colour and lack the polish of professional veneers. Porcelain is the best material for mimicking natural teeth but is not suitable for removable appliances.
You can choose your shade when picking veneers. Unless you can accurately compare your current shade to the new shade prior to purchase you may find the veneers are not what you imagined. The shade on the screen will look different in real life and in different lights.
Very few people actually suit really white teeth. Teeth naturally have a yellow hue to them, so be aware of this.
The plastic used can also pick up stains from the food and drink you consume.
The final thing to really be aware of is just what the veneers look like in relation to your existing teeth. Whilst the alterations can be for the better, the makeover offered by the veneer can look unnatural and very obvious to those who know you.
Do-It-Yourself Impression Kits
Taking impressions at home is generally safe. So long as the material sent to you is the real stuff and is in date, you are unlikely to have a reaction. However, there are some things to think about when doing your own impression at home:
- You could have an allergic reaction, so beware if you get any burning sensations or ulcers after.
- Some people struggle with impressions because of their gag reflex. Just something to think about! If this is something you are worried about, make sure you can lean forward whilst you take the impression, and place a towel underneath you to catch any mess.
- Once the impression is in, you need to leave it there until it is fully set. Removing is toot soon will lead to the material “dragging” and the veneers won’t fit as well as they could do.
- Impressions can remove loose teeth, crowns, and fillings. This is pretty rare, and they would have to be already loose. This is another reason to have a full dental checkup before going ahead with any DIY kits.
How Long Will Snap In Veneers Last?
Durability can be a concern.
Durability can be a concern.
Few companies actually make it clear what their products are made from. But most materials in the mouth wear over time.
Lots of people have complained that their veneers broke within days or weeks of purchase.
They seem to be made from very thin resins or plastic materials.
Some of these might withstand the pressures of eating.
Because clip in veneers are thin or potentially made from lower grade materials, the placing and removal can warp the material over time. Biting pressures when eating can wear them down quickly.
Are Snap On Veneers Really Cheap?
One of the biggest factors that draw people to snap on veneers is their cheap cost. This is in comparison to professional dental treatment such as traditional veneers.
But it is not as cheap as you might think.
The most affordable veneers on offer from your dentist are direct composite veneers. These will cost approximately $350-$1000 per tooth. The number you need will depend on the look you want and your existing teeth, but expect to have between 4 and 10 per jaw for a makeover effect.
They last about 5 years and require no alteration to the enamel on your teeth.
Let’s say you were to have 6 veneers on the top and 6 on the bottom row of teeth, that is 12 in total. At $400 per tooth that is a cost of $4,800 in total.
For the sake of comparison, Instasmile Platinum cost approximately $1799 for both arches and come with a 12 month warranty. Even if they last 18 months, you would need to buy 3 sets over a 5 year period at a total cost of approx $5,397.
The composite veneers are actually $497 cheaper!
Given that you can eat all foods and have a safe and long lasting option, and that it is cheaper, why wouldn’t you go for the composite veneers?
Porcelain veneers are the gold standard when it comes to dental veneers and cost between $650 and $2000 per tooth, but should last 12-20 years!
In my example above, you would be looking at a cost of anything from $6,000 to $24,000 to get porcelain.
Of course, this is just an example, but let’s say you pay $9,600 for 12 veneers (at $800 per tooth). You can safely assume they last 15 years (if not longer). That would give an annual cost of $640.
By my calculations that is almost $560 less per year than opting for the Instasmile Platinum veneers (assuming they last 18 months a time).
The reason many opt for snap on veneers is that they are cheaper and more affordable than the veneers they really want, but it just isn’t necessarily true in the long run.
Snap In Veneers – Can You Eat With Them In?
Many companies say you can eat whilst wearing the veneers.
Read the small print, and you will see that they actually advise against it.
Even those that are designed for withstanding the pressures of eating, you will find there are often limitations on the sorts of foods you can eat. You would need to avoid hard or sticky foods.
Personally, I do have concerns about wearing these whilst eating. They will pick up stains from foods, and will likely move around a little too.
My biggest concern is that they really should be removed after eating for cleaning. This is the same advice for anyone with a removable appliance in their mouth – braces and dentures too. It is important to remove all food debris after eating, to reduce the risk of decay. This is because the veneer will cover the food and bacteria, so they will not be removed naturally e.g. using the tongue, and are not protected with saliva.
Lack Of Evidence
Although the dental community has some concerns about removable veneers, there is very little evidence available.
This does make it difficult to discuss the issue with patients, because we are relying on our clinical experience alone.
There is also no evidence to support the safety of the direct-to-customer products that are available online.
A final comment on why you might not want snap on style veneers from some of these companies is the service received.
Most of the companies are digital only, with no office you can visit should things go wrong. Some don’t even have much of a telephone service! This is not a problem when things go well, but can make it difficult to get in contact when things go wrong.
Because snap on veneers are provided without using a dentist or registered dental technician, there is also no oversight of the quality provided. There are few people you can turn to if you are unhappy with the service provided. This is different from a dental practice setting, where there are rules about complaints procedures internally and externally.
Professionally Made Snap On Veneers
Many of the disadvantages and problems with snap on veneers can be overcome by seeing a dentist before starting treatment, and by using a qualified dental technician for the removable veneers.
Seeing a dentist will make sure that you are fully aware of any risks to you, and make sure that any existing dental problems are fixed. They can also talk you through the alternatives and if there are any better options for you.
Many snap on veneers could be made by anybody. There is no indication on their websites that qualified dental technicians are making these things that you want to have attached to your teeth and your gums. Having a professional dental lab make the products will mean that they need to follow certain rules (for your own safety) and that the best materials can be used. Selecting the right material for the snap on veneer can drastically improve the appearance, durability and safety of the snap on veneers.
If using a dentist and a proper dental lab, you can also expect the best service. Registered dentists and dental technicians must abide by certain expectations placed on them to stay registered. Therefore, if something is not as you would it expect it to be, you have someone to turn to.
Reasons A Dentist Would Prescribe Snap On Veneers
Some dentists provide snap on veneers as a temporary option to hide teeth that they have prepared for traditional veneers. These temporary veneers will protect the tooth surface until the permanent option arrives.
It could be that you are going through the process of having dental implants, but you do not want to have missing teeth whilst your gum heals. You can wear a snap on veneer until the abutment and crown for the implant are fitted. This way snap on veneers are used as an alternative to a denture. A dentist might also refer to these as temporary removable bridges.
Snap-On Smile – The Original Snap On Veneers
I said earlier that Snap-on Smile was another name for these types of veneers.
Snap-On Smile is a brand name of a type of clip on veneer made by US Dental Lab DenMat. These are the best quality snap on veneers.
They have a patent, and can only be prescribed by dentists. Your impressions will be taken by a qualified professional, so you can be assured of the best fitting snap on veneers. There is even the option to use a scanner for digital impressions, eliminating the need for messy and uncomfortable traditional impressions.
The dentist has choices in the size and colour of the veneers, as well as full and partial arches.
Are these a good way to test the look before going for proper veneers?
For most people, the snap on veneer will be a very useful tool that allows you to gain a good idea of whether you like the new look in comparison to your natural teeth. They will help you decide whether going for proper veneers from a dentist is what you want.
They may be particularly helpful if your natural teeth are very short, and where veneers will increase the length of your teeth a lot. You will get some sort of idea about how this will feel to talk, smile, and whether you will be able to relax your jaw with longer teeth.
However, if using online snap in veneers, the results may not be so positive. This is because the quality of the veneers differs as do your teeth and look.
It may take a few attempts from different companies to get the look you are after. Even then, no artificial veneers like this represent what the premium porcelain veneers might look like.
Are snap on veneers the best way to fix a smile with missing teeth?
Removable veneers can be made so that they are almost like flexible dentures.
These do have some advantages in terms of comfort compared to traditional dentures. It also doesn’t cover the roof of the mouth or get in the way of the tongue. They could be a good short term option after an extraction, until the months have passed and the bone has finished healing.
But removable veneers are not the best option for filling multiple gaps. And they are not an option if you have no teeth at all.
Dentists will generally advise sticking with a denture over some sort of temporary solution like clip on veneers. This is because the denture is designed to last longer. A traditional denture is able to withstand more pressures and remain in place (in most cases) when eating and drinking
What Are The Alternatives To Snap On Veneers?
The alternative to snap on veneers depends on why you want them in the first place. You should arrange an appointment with a dentist to discuss different treatment options personalised to you.
In the meantime, have a think about what your reasons are for selecting snap on veneers rather than a treatment offered by a dentist. A good dentist will have an honest conversation with you about this, and can discuss all the options available.
Don’t want injections or drilling? Think about tooth whitening or composite veneers.
If you want the cheapest option: Whitening available from $350 in some places, and direct composite veneers from as little as $350 per tooth. In both cases, the results will last longer than the life expectancy of snap on veneers.
If you want straighter teeth without injections or drilling, consider orthodontic treatment (including Invisalign).
If you want to fill gaps between teeth, white filling material can be placed without the need for drilling.
Whitening your teeth will take about six weeks by the time you see a dentist, get trays returned and start to see an effect. Composite veneers can be done quickly, depending on how much tooth is covered. Expect it to take 20-40 minutes per tooth.
Genuine Reviews Of Snap On Veneers
Removable veneers have mixed reviews online. There is variation between the different companies that provide them.
When you go to reviewing sites such as Trustpilot, Pissed Consumer, or Better Business Bureau you can see reviews from people who have tried the product. In these cases, the score by the company isn’t just from customer reviews, it is calculated using other information too, such as how quickly the company responds to complaints.
There are many positive experiences and reviews out there. I think this is because for many, they are quite desperate to achieve a better smile for a cheap price and without seeing a dentist. They don’t want to or simply cannot afford to go through the expensive cosmetic dental treatment that would otherwise be required.
Some of the results I have seen do look okay. There are so many variables that this is perhaps not surprising.
However, not all the reviews are positive. Many people are not actually happy with the appearance of their removable veneers.
Many unhappy customers struggle with the impression too, needing to wait for additional putty to be sent through. As a dentist, I can totally see why this might be a stumbling process. Impressions aren’t always easy to do!
One of the biggest complaints after the poor appearance, is that the companies are just difficult to communicate with. Unhappy consumers have difficulty getting any sort of refund. Bear this in mind when you are spending a lot of money with them!
You can see many reviews online on sites like Trustpilot, Pissed Consumer, or Better Business Bureau.
You can see Jon’s review of instasmile here as well.
The following are some independent reviews I have found online.
I also link to websites that collect customer reviews about different companies. Some make for very interesting reading.
Take Home Messages
In few instances would a dental professional recommend removable veneers.
More often than not, the results that these direct-to-customer clip on solutions offer are far inferior to those offered by a dentist.
There is a significant variance in the quality, durability, materials, look and overall results you get from these snap on smiles, not to mention the customer service.
As a temporary solution, professionally made removable veneers do have a role to play.
They certainly serve a purpose. But when it really comes down to it these cheap veneers are not a viable alternative to the veneers offered by a dentist. They are too fragile, require additional maintenance and simply do not look as good and potentially pose a long term risk to your natural teeth.
These devices aren’t made by people registered with a dental regulatory body and so you cannot be sure of what it is that you are putting in your mouth.
My concerns relate mostly around the actual product and risks with them. There is one company you can use through your dentist who will provide a very similar product. By seeing a dentist you will be made aware of all the potential risks and hazards that manufacturers won’t discuss with you.
There is the risk of reaction to materials, or them being of sub standard quality. Devices like these can also become stuck on your teeth requiring emergency dental treatment. The alternative is that they become loose and are a choking hazard. When used incorrectly, and with failure to keep your teeth clean, you also increase your risk of dental decay and gum disease.
The aesthetics don’t compare to professionally made products. Instant veneers are made of a plastic with no translucency. This will look obvious in the mouth. The plastic is also vulnerable to staining and wear.
Personally, I don’t think the majority of companies are being honest in what they are promising people who buy their products. They are promising a cheap alternative to professional care. Some of the options available are not as cheap as some of the professional options, and will not fulfil the promise of looking good.
Can you eat with snap on veneers?
This depends on the veneers you have opted for.
Check with the manufacturer, but normally they have a disclaimer in the small print saying to avoid eating with them in.
In all cases, hard or sticky/chewy foods should be avoided.
Also consider avoiding food and drinks that can stain the veneers, such as red wine, or curries. Acidic drinks, such as fizzy drinks, can make the material slightly more porous and more prone to staining.
Will my veneers stain?
They are just as likely to stain as your own teeth.
Can I smoke wearing veneers?
If you are a social smoker, then yes you can in most instances.
Check with the product manufacturer. It is advised to clean the veneers after smoking to reduce the risk of staining.
Heavy smokers may want to consider removing the veneers or be aware you will need to clean them more frequently.
Do they hurt?
They shouldn’t. They are custom made to your teeth and so they should fit snugly over your existing teeth.
You might have discomfort for a day or two when first wearing them as they can be a little tight. With time you will get used to wearing them.
Will I have a lisp?
You are likely to have a lisp when you first start wearing your snap on veneers.
The more you wear them and the more you talk, typically the quicker you get over this. Usually, after a few days you can speak normally again.
Do I need to see a dentist?
According to advertising, one of the biggest advantages of these veneers is that you won’t need to see a dentist.
We still advise that you have a checkup before getting snap on veneers made.
You will also still need to visit the dentist for regular check-ups, but not to make or fit the veneers.
Which are better, real veneers or snap on?
If you want the most natural looking smile, then there is really no competition. Veneers prepared and fitted by a qualified dentist will look and feel the best.
In most cases, professional veneers are handmade from porcelain by a qualified dental technician.
You can eat and drink normally and you can be assured that the veneers have been made specifically for you and with your smile in mind.
Veneers last 10 to 20 years normally and whilst they must be replaced, this is much less often than snap on veneers.
Are snap on veneers recommended?
Most dentists would not recommend a do it yourself snap on veneer.
A few dentists will provide professionally made removable veneers (Snap-On Smile) as a temporary option as part of a larger treatment plan.
Especially avoid instant fake veneers that come with the reline material attached and which do not require impressions. These reline materials have significantly more potential for complications.
Do you own or have you used a set or removable veneers?
Why did you choose them and what do you think about them?
Are there certain things that you really like or dislike?
Let me and other readers of this article know what you think, by commenting below. Your feedback and opinions are incredibly valuable.