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Snap on Smile

What is the difference between veneers and snap-on smile? Can you eat with snap on smile or this something that comes in and out and is temporary? My top 4 front teeth are the ones that need a makeover, what would be a better option for that since I don't feel that i need an entire smile makeover?
Julie January 1, 2019
answered by
Eric Broberg, DDS

Hi Julie, Thank you for your questions. A snap-on smile is a removable option to restore the teeth and makeover the smile. It essentially snaps on to the existing teeth throughout the day, and then it comes out at night. It’s a good option for a quick, temporary fix, but it is limited in both function and longevity. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the teeth. They can makeover the size, shape, color, etc. of the teeth, and since they are bonded on, they don’t come in and out. You can eat, smile, and speak normally, and they last for years, possibly decades. As far as restoring your front 4 teeth versus all your teeth, that is completely up to you and depends on your situation and cosmetic expectations. We often do cases that are only 2-4 veneers, but we also do larger 10 veneer cases. The best bet would be to show your dentist some photographs with smiles that you like so he or she can see what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Your dentist can also take some cosmetic photographs and then discuss all available options with you before moving forward with any final plans. I hope this information helps! Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you, Dr. Broberg
answered by
Griffin Cole, DDS

Veneers are "permanently" bonded to your teeth and can look incredibly natural. Very conservative preparations are done to your teeth and the veneer are bonded in place usually about 3-4 weeks later. Snap-on smile, on the other hand, just fits over your natural teeth. It's a lot like what actors wear when playing a character with a certain smile (ie - like the actor who plays Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody). You can try (operative word) to eat with a Snap-on smile, but it is usually difficult and a bit awkward. Snap-on smiles are designed to be short-term solutions whereas veneers are long-term and much more natural looking.

Invisalign Question

I had Invisalign about 1 year ago. For the last year, I wear my Invisalign/retainer tray when I go to bed. When I wake up, my teeth are in perfect position. However, I feel as though they move throughout the day and by the time it's time for bed again, it feels/looks as though they've shifted a bit and the tray is really tight. I've been going through this process for about a year and I can't imagine the kind of damage I have done to my teeth. Do I need to see a Dentist and perhaps have to get Invisalign all over?
Sheena August 8, 2018
answered by
Michael Moossy, DDS

Hi Sheena!

Thank you for your question, after reading this several things come to mind. The first thing that comes to mind and most likely the answer to your problem is that a bite adjustment was needed after your orthodontic treatment was completed. The teeth were moved into the proper position but due to the way the teeth are hitting it causes them to move throughout the day because they want to find a more comfortable position. Hopefully a simple bite adjustment can fix this problem for you. Another possibility which is a little more complex could be that during the night the muscles relax and the joints meet properly meaning the joint seats properly where the condyle fits into the fossa. And then throughout the day the joint moves to its acquired position that most of us have and then the teeth don’t meet up properly. We would need to determine if the teeth were moving or if the jaw was moving. I think the fact that the tray is tight when you go to put it in at night means that the teeth are indeed moving most likely due to a bite issue. Lastly, sometimes patients will have ligaments that want to rebound or pull the teeth back to their original position as a memory of sorts, and this can be handled by a long-term wear of the tray or surgically cutting the ligaments to hopefully prevent from pulling the teeth back into original location.

Please let us know if you have any further questions and know we'd be happy to examine you in person.

Dr. Michael Moossy

answered by
Eric Broberg, DDS

Hi Sheena,

After Invisalign or any kind of orthodontics, it’s natural for your teeth to try to shift back to their previous position. In some people, this happens very slowly, so wearing retainers nightly is enough to keep the teeth where they are. In other people, the teeth will shift very quickly, even over the course of a single day. It sounds like you may fall in this category. It’s good news that you can still put your retainers in each night, even if they are tight. Whether or not you need Invisalign again is hard to say without seeing the position of the teeth, but it sounds like you may at least need a different kind of retainer. I recommend seeing a dentist to assess your options. Until then, you may want to wear your retainers during the night and the day (any time you aren’t eating), just as you did during Invisalign. This will help minimize any further shifting until you can see your dentist. Hope this helps!

Eric S. Broberg, DDS


Breast Augmentation

I have been wanting breast implants for several years but the biggest thing holding me back is fear. I am so scared that I will be in miserable pain when I wake up after surgery as well as for a long time during recovery. How bad is the pain going to be and how hard will recovery be??? I work in an office so I won't have to do any lifting or anything when I return to work, I guess my main fear is just being in constant pain from this procedure.
Alana August 8, 2018
answered by
Andre Levesque, MD

Dear Alana,

Fear of pain with surgery is quite normal and common. I can honestly say that now with enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols pain can be adequately managed and it is easier than ever to recover from surgery.

My typical patient might take narcotic pain medications for a few days after placement of implants and many can get back to work over a weekend.

This is possible because multiple modality pain medications are given before, during, and after surgery, local anesthesia is given before starting the incisions. Implant placement call also have an effect with in front of the muscle location typically be less painful in appropriately selected patients.

Andre Levesque M.D.