Friday, November 19, 2010

Snap-on smiles...


The latest dental fast fix is here - a clip-on brace of perfect pearly whites. Writer Claire Coleman tries out a new form of aesthetic dentistry called the Snap-On Smile.  She writes: As with many of these things, it’s an ­American import and it does exactly what it says on the tin.
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Vaguely reminiscent of those joke teeth that children wear at Halloween, the Snap-On Smile (£900, including consultation and fitting) is a custom-made set of teeth moulded from a top-secret formula that looks, it must be said, a lot like plastic. They simply slide over the top of your existing teeth, giving you the appearance of a perfect smile — a bit like those temporary stick-on nails that give you instant talons.
Convincing: Claire Coleman tests the £900 Snap-on Smile


According to Dr Jag Basrai, one of the first British dentists to start offering the Snap-On, that makes me an ideal candidate. ‘It’s great for anyone who is a bit scared of drilling or doesn’t want to commit to the time and expense of veneers, but still wants to improve the appearance of their teeth, say for a wedding,’ he says. The process is fairly straightforward. Dr Basrai takes impressions of my upper and lower teeth, which makes me gag, and an impression of my bite, and then it’s just about choosing my new smile. 

The manufacturers say you can wear it all day and use it while eating, but I’m sceptical. Though Dr Basrai assures me I will get used to it, I’m having a slight ­problem even talking with it in — though it’s very thin, it still takes up extra room, so if your own teeth stick out, it’s not going to be for you. As for eating, having experimented at home with pasta, I just wouldn’t.

I was terrified to chew with the pressure I’d usually use and found bits lodged between my real teeth and my false ones. However, going out for a drink was fine. My friends noticed instantly — probably because I’d gone for such a dazzling shade. ‘They look really good and very even, but I’m looking at your teeth rather than your eyes,’ said one. It may not be cheap, but it’s virtually pain-free, has left my teeth intact and, though it looks strange to me, is a lot more natural than many of the grins I’ve seen on the red carpet.
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