I recently decided to purchase a Snap-on Smile and I have to say that I’m pretty disappointed with it. My dentist recommended it to fix the gap between my canine teeth that has always bothered me. Honestly, I think it looks fake and kind of bulky. From what I have researched it does not appear that I can get a refund. I feel like it is too big of a purchase for me to not even wear it. Do you know if I can work with my dentist to see if the mold can be redone so it is slimmer and not so big? I have hated my smile for so long and I hide my smile in pictures. Any advice would be helpful.
– Tamara in Vermont
Sorry to hear about your experience. Unfortunately the majority of general dentists are not very artistic by nature and are trained from a functional mindset to fix things. I wonder if your dentist falls into this category. It may be worth it to discuss your situation with him to see if there is anything that can be done to improve the look of the appliance. You are correct in assuming that you probably will not receive a refund.
As mentioned above, every dentist varies in their understanding and sensitivity of cosmetic dentistry and the art behind it. An excellent cosmetic dentist will do whatever they can to give you an absolutely beautiful smile and many offer a guarantee to back their work. They will also be more realistic about what you can expect from an appliance like the Snap-on Smile. Since the appliance snaps over your existing teeth it may have the tendency to look big and bulky.
For an individual that is missing one or two front teeth, a flipper partial works well. It simply snaps into your mouth and fills the gap with artificial teeth and doesn’t add anything over your other teeth. Maybe you could discuss this treatment option with your dentist at no additional charge. It very well could have been one of your dentist’s first Snap-on Smile cases and maybe he was also expecting a better result.
Best of luck to you.
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