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Snap On Veneers: Not The Best Way To Replace Missing Teeth

Person holding snap on veneers

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.

Video Overview

Snap On Veneers Warning

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 colored 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Snap on veneers personalized 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.

Instasmile before and after headshot

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. Traditional veneers are made by dental technicians under prescription from a dentist. These technicians have usually undergone extensive training, although the registration required does vary depending on the state where you live.

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.

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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:

Instasmile USA

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.

Website: https://us.instasmile.com/

Approximate cost: From $500 for a single arch and $799 for both up to $1499 for the premium option.

Secret Veneers

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.

Website: https://www.secretveneers.com/

Approximate cost: $400 (£299) per arch.

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.

Website: https://brighterimagelab.com/

Approximate cost: Cheapest option is from $795 per arch and $1290 for both arches. Premium is $2190 for both arches.


About: An American company that requires you to take an at home impression. The veneers cover 12 teeth on each arch. You can pay one lump sum or in 2 instalments. 

Website: https://www.trusmileveneers.com/

Approximate cost: Both arches US$470 (single payment) or US$480 (2 payments)

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.

Website: https://www.fabsmileveneers.co.uk/

Approximate cost: Prices start at around $318 for a single arch or $495 for both. More premium elite option increased to $645 and $975.

Removable Veneers USA

About: An American company using a “licensed dental lab”. Offers two different standards and a number of different shades. You need to take impressions at home.


Approximate Cost: From $399 per arch for a basic option and up to $899 for both arches of the premium option.

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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 discoloration.

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.

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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 $399 – $750 with prices for both arches varying between $470 – $2190.

The gold standard are those offered by Snap-On Smile, an option only available through a dentist. These cost approximately $1500 for one arch.

A lot of the cost comes from the “lab” cost. Making personalized false teeth costs money. Only the Snap-On Smile is guaranteed to be produced by a qualified dental technician in a registered dental laboratory. Many of the other removable veneers companies allude to dental labs and using dental technicians, but do not clearly state where or who these are.

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 color 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.

DIY impression taking with instasmile

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.

instasmile platinum veneers placed in storage tray

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 obvious regulation over these, we do not know whether they are definitely being made from safe materials. Some companies suggest that they are using FDA approved materials, but do not outright state what these are.

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:

  1. Trauma induced gingivitis because the veneers rub on the edges of the gums, like when you get a blister from rubbing shoes!
  2. 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 color 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.

Close up before and after view of front teeth instasmile

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.

That said, The FDA lists impression materials as a dental device (eCFR 872.3660) and there is some regulation around them. You should be able to ask the provider about the specific material they are sending you to ensure it is safe to use in your mouth. 

How Long Will Snap In Veneers Last?

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 $250 – $1500 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 $1499 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 $4,497.

There is just $303 difference in price.

Given that you can eat all foods and not have to remove the composite veneers like you do the snap on alternatives, is the $303 saving worth it?

In most cases you can even expect you composite veneers to last longer than the 5 years.

Porcelain veneers are the gold standard when it comes to dental veneers and cost between $925 to $2,500 per tooth, but should last 12-20 years!

In my example above, you would be looking at a cost of anything from $11,100 to $30,000 to get porcelain.

Of course, this is just an example, but let’s say you pay $18,000 for 12 veneers at $1,500 each. You can safely assume they last 15 years (if not longer). That would give an annual cost of $1,200.

By my calculations that is approximately $299 less per year than opting for the Instasmile Platinum veneers (with their 12 month warranty).

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.

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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 registered 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 color of the veneers, as well as full and partial arches. 

Trial Run

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.

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Denture Replacement

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 personalized 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: Take home whitening trays are available from $250 in some places, and composite veneers from as little as $250 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 video 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 normally aren’t made by people registered with the State Dental Board. The laboratories are also difficult to track, and unlikely to have (or even require) and registration, such as with the National Association of Dental Laboratories. Having no oversight or regulation means 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?

Real veneers.

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, those 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.

Your Opinions

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.

About Dr. Gemma Wheeler, BDS (Hons)

Gemma qualified from Cardiff University School of Dentistry in 2015. She went on to complete her Foundation Training and a further two years in the Armed Forces, primarily based around Wiltshire. She now works in a private practice in Plymouth.

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36 thoughts on “Snap On Veneers: Not The Best Way To Replace Missing Teeth”

  1. If it wouldn’t cost me $15,345 for dentures WITH my Delta dental PPO I’d be more apt to consider a more permanent solution. Snap on veneers have come a long way since this was posted, and are a viable solution for someone who just wants to smile for once.

    I have crippling depression from my issues with my teeth. So much so it made me suicidal. If I can spend $600 to feel like an actual human for once I’m going to. I understand the health risks, and I also understand that a more permanent solution is better for me in the long run. If dentures weren’t so unnecessarily expensive, or were actually covered by anyone’s insurance, or at the very least not considered a “cosmetic elective” then there wouldn’t be a market for snap on veneers.

    “Even with good dentures, chewing efficiency is only 16% to 30% of what you can achieve with an intact natural dentition,” says American Dental Association (ADA) spokeswoman Judith A. Jones, D.D.S.

    The purpose of dental insurance is not to cover dire issues, but to prevent them. So one ends up paying out of pocket for most of the work, at least here in the US.

    The bottom line is, proper dentures while probably the most healthy, can cost the average American up to $55,000. This is not a viable option for most people who have bad teeth, whether from genetics or poor hygiene practices.

    Please stop discouraging people from this affordable solution, who may just want to smile for once without feeling like they are less than human. You did go over the pros and cons, but the general tone of this article is that snap on veneers are snake oil that will cost you your health, money, and are generally a waste.

    This is very disingenuous.

  2. I appreciate all of the information you provided because there are so many products.
    Over the last three years my teeth have started falling out. I have a hereditary disease of the pancreas that causes an increase of bile & vomiting, along with several other problems. Unfortunately, it’s progressive & there is no cure. Both my Father & Grandmother lost their lives to it, but with me they caught it early & are trying to stay a step ahead.
    In my past I was a professional cheerleader for the NFL, in pageants, & employed as a flight attendant, and have always been known for my big smile. Now I’ve lost most of my teeth, mainly all from my eye teeth & back, upper & lower, & two front ones that were broke off during a medical procedure due to my disease. So my life has completely changed, I stay home & hate to go out in public. Having to wear masks because of the pandemic has actually been a way for me to hide my horrible teeth!
    I know so many people suffer from much bigger issues than this, but it has completely changed my life. Besides my health issues, I’m now horrible depressed, & it’s also affected my financial situation. We live in a society that’s judged by appearance, & bad teeth gives an impression of poor hygiene & that you don’t care about yourself.
    I have insurance, but it doesn’t cover any of the work I need done. Which is horrible because dental issues have been proven to cause other health problems. That needs to be changed! Because of the cost to get my teeth fixed, it’s not an option for me. At least I haven’t been able to find one. The other hard part is I’m currently single, wanting to meet someone, & know I don’t stand a chance with this horrible smile.
    I guess it leads me to my main question, what does somebody in my situation do who has missing teeth, infected teeth & pain, a horrible smile, and can’t afford to have a dentist fix my teeth? Do I just spend the rest of my life in hiding & alone?
    Are there dentists out there that will do work & allow payments? Or do it for free advertising? Anything??
    Thank you for your help,

    • Erin. Thanks for the comment and for sharing details of your situation. I can only imagine how difficult it must be.
      I believe a denture would be best for you. Rarely will this come free, but it is a more affordable option that will allow you to replace all/the vast majority of the teeth you are missing.
      There are dentists out there that will offer payment plans and some that will discount the treatment in exchange for advertising etc, but it is unfortunately not quite as simple as being able to say this Dr or that Dr will do it for you.
      If you haven’t already done so, reaching out to dental practices within your local community is a good place to start. Most will listen to your situation and advise on what they can offer and potentially guide you to those better able to serve you, if they are unable to.

  3. Man y’all talk all that stuff about what the dentist recommend without thinking about the cost of what a dentist would charge people are working 2 jobs just to live month to month you all charge thousands of dollars for a procedure only the rich can afford the insurance only pays for cleaning so ask yourself why wouldn’t I go for snap ons compared to what you would charge dentist charge so money that you should have a sign that says ONLY FOR RICH because us little people credit is not good enough to even get a payment plan which is the cost of a car.

  4. This is the best article I’ve seen about the snap-on options – thanks so much for the research and discussion!

  5. I really just want a top set of snap on to wear at night, as I have a part denture for 2 missing front teeth..
    Or what else is recommended I ded don’t want implants look to painful & too many visits.

    • Hi Patricia,

      It’s worth speaking to a dental professional to see what your best options are. You should have a dental check up before opting for snap on veneers anyway.


    • Hi Michael.

      Our recommendation would be to stick with your partial as this is a safer and dentist approved product in comparison to snap-on-veneers.  The choice is of course yours.

      Your eligibility will depend on how many and what teeth you have missing.  If you consult with one of the companies listed in the article, you will usually have to answer a series of questions through the online checkout process with one of the companies to determine whether you are a suitable candidate.  If so, you can proceed.

      I hope this helps.

  7. Are there any veneers you can use when you are missing a good amount of teeth? If so are there any YOU can eat with? If there are any where would the best place to purchase them?

    • Carol.

      If you have a large number of teeth missing then it is unlikely that you will be able to find any suitable veneers because they need some teeth to clip onto.
      The natural teeth provide support, particularly when eating.
      It sounds like a denture would be more suitable for yourself.

  8. I paid for those ***** veeners and i never got them
    They just kept my money
    I have tried to contact them
    But they never answered back to me
    They took the money from my account like 3 months ago
    Fucking Rats

  9. Thank you for all the great information on all the different types very informative and a Great Read. I read alot an article has to catch me 1st paragraph or I move on, so for me to sit and read whole article it was great. Thanks Jon.

  10. Thank you so much Jon!! 🙏💖😀 this article helps me enormously. So great to see someone passionate about health, teeth, sharing and caring. I have an appt with a dentist today to fit plastic veneers but this research will help me ask him why he hasnt told me about all these alternatives and why he needs to take the enamel off my teeth to do it. Thank you again Jon and what a great surname

  11. I have a small mouth so when i ordered the platinum straightener 2 archs from instasmile, I received very large veneers that make me look buck toothed and very cartoonish. do not order the thicker platinum veneers if you don’t have big teeth. they are however replacing them with the thinner classic veneers however they are replacing them because there is a warranty when you buy the “double the price” platinum veneers. They only replace them once so lets cross our fingers that this new set will fit.

  12. I ordered a set of veneers from InstaSmile, I got my upper arch but they couldn’t make my bottom arch because I have a permanent retainer on the inside of my bottom teeth. They did, however, give me a full refund.

  13. They sent me top teeth I ordered bottoms. I tried to call every phone number they had on file, every email no reply! no reply! no refund! no reply! My money is just gone.

  14. I have 3 front natural teeth on top but have 5 implants I just cant afford the two bridges I need right. Would I be able to use snap ins? Also on lower I have 5 front natural teeth and a bridge on each side. Can I be fitted on the lower arch as well

    • Hi Larry.

      When you say implants, do you mean with the crown (the white top of the tooth) as well or literally just the metal implant?

      As far as I am aware in either situation it should be possible to make one for you, as the snap on veneer company will make the product exclusively for you based on the impression you take.

  15. Guys, I tried Instasmile’s snap on veneers a couple of years ago. This is a nightmare. They game me an overbite! I tried to contact their customer support regarding this issue, but they would give me a refund or replace. I would not recommend this company. You can search Instasmile reviews in Google and see how many complaints they have: https://www.pissedconsumer.com/instasmile/RT-F.html
    And btw, their rating on platforms other than Trust Pilot is really low…

    • Thanks for the comment Mary, we appreciate all feedback, it helps us and other readers of this site.

      Sorry to hear of what has happened with you.

      We are not actively endorsing any company or snap on veneers and have linked already in our post to the pissedconsumer website that has negative reviews.

  16. You answered all of my questions about veneers and snap on veneers. Thank you!! I’m so ready to smile again without feeling self conscious about my broken teeth! I’m a 37 year old married mother with 3 daughters and I have always been a very smiley girl. It’s breaking my heart that I can’t afford dental work even with great insurance. Here’s to hoping the cheap ones work for me! Thanks for all the wonderful info!!

  17. Wow, what a terrific and informative article. This information answered all the questions I had, and several I hadn’t even thought of regarding my upcoming purchase of removable veneers based on these terrific guidelines. I’m sure it was quite a task to gather and assemble all this information, I very much appreciate it.

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