There are several factors which may dissuade people from improving their smile through cosmetic dentistry, but the two most common and the expense involved and a general phobia of having dental work done. While there’s not much can be done about the fear of the dentist, there’s a new technology that promises to deliver the kind of cosmetic results without the expense or financial investment of traditional cosmetic dentistry.
Press on veneers, sometimes known as snap-on veneers, or clip-on veneers, are a non-intrusive and cost-effective way of achieving the look of dental veneers without having the work done or spending a substantial sum of money on the treatment.
They are designed for patients with discolored, missing, damaged or crooked teeth, and are gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional dentures. The clip over your existing teeth without the need for any preparatory work, and they don’t require the use of any adhesives. The result is an instant transformation of your smile, which allows you to eat, drink and speak as you normally would.
The process of having the clip-on veneers created is relatively straightforward. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth (or some providers offer a kit to take the impression yourself at home), which will then be sent to the dental laboratory. They will then custom-make your veneers based on your current teeth and the shade you have chosen.
When it comes to actually using the snap-on veneers, most people tend to use them on a semi-regular basis rather than wearing them every day. They’re popular for events like weddings, while many people use them to wear to work and take them out at home in the evenings. They should be treated like traditional dentures – some use them occasionally, while others will wear them almost every day.
Press On Veneers v Permanent Veneers
While press on veneers are intended to be an alternative to traditional veneers, it’s difficult to directly compare the two. Permanent veneers, even treatments like instant veneers and composite resin veneers, are more expensive but they are permanent treatments and are a genuine cosmetic and restorative dental treatment.
Clip-on veneers work well when you only plan on wearing them occasionally, and are not a genuine alternative to permanent veneers. However, if you can’t currently afford permanent veneers and you have a special occasion on the horizon then snap on dental veneers can be a worthwhile investment.
How Long Do Snap On Veneers Last?
While permanent veneers can last upwards of 10 years, clip-on veneers should last up to two years if properly maintained. The materials are hard wearing and should stand up to daily use for a couple of years, while those who use them less frequently can expect them to last a little longer.
Most manufacturers offer a warranty, generally lasting between 3 and 12 months, so if there are any issues you can usually have them repaired or replaced free of charge.
How Much Do Clip On Veneers Cost?
While the cost of snap-on veneers will vary depending on the company you use and if your dentist takes the impression for you, prices typically start at around $800. This will vary depending on the actual product you order as well, as many manufacturers charge more for different shades and styles.
When you consider that you’d pay more than that per tooth for porcelain veneers you can see why many people are looking to clip on veneers as an alternative when they have a special event on the horizon. You can transform your smile, at least temporarily, for a fraction of the cost of traditional veneers.
Caring For Press On Veneers
Cleaning snap-on veneers is largely similar to the way you would care for traditional dentures. They can be cleaned in lukewarm soapy water, or they can be cleaned using toothpaste and a toothbrush. Many manufacturers also produce their own cleaning tablets which can be used to steep the veneers, and generally all that’s required afterward is to rinse them with cold water.
The veneers should be kept out of hot or boiling water and out of direct sunlight, as this can cause the material to warp slightly. They are also custom-made for your teeth, so letting other people try them can lead to the product being permanently damaged.
If there are any issues with the fit, such as the veneers causing pain or discomfort, you may need to replace them. A new imprint of your teeth should be sent to the manufacturer and they will create a new set that matches the current shape and alignment of your teeth.
Are Snap-On Veneers Worth It?
If you’re looking for a long term solution to issues like tooth discoloration, damage or alignment then clip on veneers aren’t the answer. They’re a great solution for occasional wear, but they are not a true alternative to cosmetic or restorative dentistry.
If you have damaged teeth, they should be treated in a conventional manner. If you’re looking to have a dazzling smile for special events then it can be worth the investment.