Finding the right cosmetic dentistry option can be overwhelming. Digging through research is a major undertaking — particularly when misconceptions add further confusion to the process. Not to worry though, because we are here to help. In this article we’ll attempt to clear up any confusion you may have about snap on veneers by debunking common myths one by one.
Myth #1: They Are Too Expensive
Many people assume snap on veneers will come with an expensive bill attached. But the truth is that snap on veneers are significantly more affordable than traditional veneers and other forms of cosmetic dentistry.
Traditional veneers are priced per tooth, whereas snap on veneers are priced per dental arch. Traditional veneers can cost anywhere from $250–$2,500 per tooth, so a full smile makeover can add up fast. Some can cost as little as $299 per arch, making them a much more budget-friendly option. Plus, many providers offer payment plans and financing options that help make their prices even more accessible.
Why the massive price differential? Well, traditional veneers require multiple in-person appointments with a dentist. You’re paying for their time and expertise, on top of the veneers themselves. Conversely, most snap on veneers are sold through remote providers that can charge less for their products. And since these veneers are removable, there are no expensive attachment appointments.
Myth #2: They Require Invasive Procedures
You aren’t alone if you hear the word “veneer” and picture invasive, irreversible procedures. In order for traditional veneers to attach to your smile, your dentist needs to shave down a small amount of your tooth’s protective enamel. Enamel can’t grow back, which means traditional veneers are an ongoing commitment — since your teeth won’t be able to protect themselves without the veneers.
Thankfully, snap on veneers aren’t such a permanent responsibility. Since your enamel will be intact, you can pop these trays in and out as you like. If you’re a commitment-phobe, or otherwise prefer not to permanently alter your teeth, snap on veneers may be a welcome alternative.
Myth #3: Snap On Veneers Can’t Work for People with Missing Teeth
Unlike traditional veneers, snap on veneers aren’t affixed to individual teeth. Instead, they’re worn as a tray over an entire dental arch — which means they’re a workable option for people with missing teeth. Not only that, snap on veneers can even restore some of the function of the teeth, since many models can be worn while eating.
Though it varies across companies and models, some can even work for people with as few as four to six teeth per arch. If you’re missing one or more teeth, snap on veneers could be a way to makeover your smile without the high price tags and long recovery times of dental implants.
Myth #4: Snap On Veneers are a One-Size-Fits-All Solution
There’s a common misconception that snap on veneers are a one-size-fits-all dental tray, like what you’d wear for a Halloween costume. Sure, you can buy fake teeth on the web, but those boil-and-bite products aren’t the same thing as snap on veneers.
Your provider will send you an at-home impression kit in the mail, which you’ll use to make clear molds of your smile. Each kit comes with detailed instructions, as well as extra putty to increase your chances of getting an accurate mold.
Once you’ve completed your impressions, you’ll mail them back to your provider with the prepaid shipping label included in your kit. Using your completed molds, your provider will craft your custom snap on veneers so they fit snugly over your smile.