Recently I was introduced to Dr. Marc Liechtung, inventor of the Snap-on Smile™ through Bob Vartanian, VP of Sales & Marketing for Trident Dental Labs. The more I learned about this amazing appliance…I knew I had to have one. My motivation was….to keep my clenching teeth apart while working on the computer, still be able to talk on the phone, eat my lunch and…..look good. In fact a better smile than my natural one! I personally invite you to explore this amazing product for your patients.
Sally McKenzie, CEO, The McKenzie Company, Inc.
Upon developing the break through appliance, termed the Snap On Smile™. I had in mind many uses and applications for this removable and non- invasive restoration. Some of these applications would be cosmetic in nature and some of these applications would be more towards an aspect of restoring the oral cavity to it’s form and function while the appliance is worn by the patient. Although many different types of patients have been presented to my office, asking for the Snap On Smile™ for one reason or another, in this article I would like to take you through the case that I consider a sure success when it presents itself for a Snap On Smile™.
A few aspects of the Snap On Smile™ appliance must be understood initially, a Snap On Smile™ can never make the existing teeth look smaller. I explain this point routinely to every patient. Simply put, if you want your teeth looking smaller or less overjet, then a Snap On Smile™ appliance is just not for you.
A bride to be came to my office in order to enhance her smile for her wedding day. She had numerous chief complaints about her appearance when she smiled, resulting in her permanent frown. She was afraid of how that would translate on the day of her wedding. Amongst some of the issues that she was concerned about was the visible edentulous areas of teeth numbers five and thirteen, due to both of these teeth being extracted two years prior. Another issue regarding her smile was the fact that she had a “Gummy Smile”, that she didn’t want to correct through periodontal surgery. She had flat anterior teeth and both minimal overjet and overbite. Another case had presented itself of an attractive woman with a less than attractive smile. This is something I knew could be changed with a couple of quality impressions and the ability to think out of the box in fabricating the Snap On Smile™ appliance. These deficiencies, which made her feel uncomfortable and would not allow her to smile proudly, would result in positives when it comes to the fabrication and treatment of the Snap On Smile™.
One of the most common occurrences I am seeing since I introduced the Snap On Smile™ is showing patients what results we can attain with quality cosmetic and restorative dentistry. This bride would never have considered any form of dentistry to enhance her appearance prior to learning about the Snap On Smile™. She simply would have just endured the most important day of her life without feeling that she could smile and feel special the way she should at such a special time.
The missing teeth did not present itself as a problem in replacing with the Snap On Smile™. This particular case presented with distal abutments which could create a strong retentive area, so the pontics would be strong without any problem. The lack of sufficient overjet and overbite would allow the Snap On Smile™ to create beautiful anterior appearance, without the clinician feeling the appliance would be too large, resulting in being too protrusive or too lengthy incisally. The “Gummy Smile”, which is a hurdle in conventional restorative means yet due to the process and fabrication can be overcome with the utilization of the Snap On Smile™. Being the Snap On Smile™ is initially fabricated through a wax up technique, we can measure how high we want to extend the gingival margin over the tissue and end the Snap On Smile™ exactly where we would indicate it to the lab. In this particular case we measured about 2 mm above teeth numbers seven and ten and 1mm above teeth numbers 6,8,9,11. This created the perfect smile line that would be pleasing to the patient. The material of the margin of the Snap On Smile™ would not impinge into the gingival tissue and will not create any irritation whatsoever for the patient. The patient was extremely pleased with the result of the Snap On Smile™ and how it totally enhanced not only her appearance, but overall confidence. She is already thinking about restoring her dentition more permanently long term, but she is overjoyed that modern day dentistry can now offer her an appliance for an instantaneous desired result for such a significantly special day in her life.
There are many aspects in which Snap On Smile™ can help patients. It can be considered as a Diagnostic Tool, for Cosmetic Partial Dentures, as a Temporary for Crown and Bridge Cases, for Tooth Whiting or Tooth Color Enhancement, as a Provisional Appliance, and as a Brux, Night or Sports Guard. Your patients can even eat with their Snap-On Smile in place. It is my experience the more cases in which we apply this new appliance, the more we will realize that there are many ideal situations for it to come into play, and further improve, advance and evolve dentistry.
It is my hope that in a time when only 50% of the population seeks dental treatment, that perhaps a non evasive appliance such as the Snap On Smile™ can help be an example to the other 50% of the population and show them what dentistry has to offer in regards to cosmetic and restorative aspects.
The Snap-on-Smile™ is offered exclusively by Trident Dental Labortories. For more information go here.
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