I am really torn about whether I should get braces or a snap on smile. I have been leaning toward the snap on smile because it only takes a few weeks to get it. What does it take, a year or 2 to get through braces? The only problem is that I am guessing that if I get a snap on smile I will have to wear it every day for life. Will there be a problem if my teeth can’t breathe through it? But I guess I would not wear it when I am at home and when I am sleeping, so maybe it wouldn’t be too bad? Do you have patients who have had this same trouble deciding on whether or not to go with braces or a snap on smile? What do most of them pick? Thanks. Nadja
Nadja – There are patients who wonder whether they should choose a Snap-On Smile or braces. Considering the purpose of the two appliances helps patients make a decision.
A Snap-On smile is not meant to be worn every day. It is a temporary smile makeover. Some patients wear it while waiting for a permanent tooth restoration, dental implants, or other dental treatment.
If you wear the appliance every day, it will probably last a few months. That means you will need to purchase a new one three to four times a year. The expense will add up over your lifetime and will ultimately be more expensive than braces.
The appliance snaps over your natural teeth. Depending on the condition of your teeth, wearing something over them can make them look and feel bulky. This will draw unwanted attention to your teeth.
Braces are a permanent way to align your teeth. Although treatment with braces can last a year or longer, the results are beautiful. You may be eligible for Invisalign, which shortens your treatment time with braces. Keep in mind that you will have to wear a retainer for life to keep your teeth aligned. Otherwise, they will start to drift back into their former position.
After treatment with braces, you have the option of further enhancing your smile by having your teeth whitened. Carefully weigh the pros and cons. Schedule a consultation with a dentist who is familiar with both the Snap-on Smile and orthodontic treatment options to discuss your concerns.
This post is sponsored by San Jose dentists Dr. Ralph Stanley, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, and Dr. Rogé Jacob of Hillsdale Dental Care.
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