I have some spacing between my teeth but I cannot afford expensive cosmetic dentistry. Is there anything I can put over my teeth to give the illusion that they are straight? Something that is a quick fix–something in the realm of dentures?
– Carissa from Massachusetts
Something inexpensive and temporary to fix the spaces between your teeth would be a “Snap-On-Smile.” And I believe almost any dentist, without special training in cosmetic dentistry, could help you get one of these. It requires a simple impression, a choice of shade and smile design, and then your dentist sends it to a laboratory in New York where they make it.
As its name implies, you can put it in and take it out when you want to. Expect it to last 3-5 years, if you wear it all the time. And expect it to cost about $1000 to $1500, which is about the cost of one porcelain veneer.
Another alternative, which may not be too expensive, depending on how many spaces you have, would be direct tooth bonding. You can read more about this on our tooth bonding page. This involves just adding tooth-colored composite to the sides of the teeth. But you need to go to an expert cosmetic dentist to have this done, because it takes artistic talent. This will last longer than the Snap-On-Smile.
– Dr. Hall
Read more about the Snap-On Smile.
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