General Dental Informtion

What is Removable Dental Veneer?

a woman holding removable dental veneer

Removable dental veneer (Snap on smile) is a type of temporary cover placed on the teeth like a veneer to cover their unfavorable appearance. Removable dental veneer is a quick and simple way to remedy the appearance of teeth and has recently become highly popular. This type of laminate poses serious competition for other types of laminate because it is inexpensive and does not need surgery. Of course, unlike other types of laminates, removable dental veneer is not therapeutic, but only serves as a cover to make the teeth look whiter and more beautiful. Here, we provide more information about the material and usage of removable dental veneer.

removable dental veneer device

Comparison of removable dental veneer with other types of laminate

There are different types of laminate, each with its advantages and drawbacks. The most well-known dental laminates are:

  • Removable dental veneer
  • Composite
  • Porcelain laminate and palatal veneers

We compare these methods in what follows.

Removable dental veneer

Removable dental veneer is a type of retainer that can give you a beautiful smile in a few minutes. This type of laminate, which is very thin, is often made of dentistry resin, and can give you a beautiful smile without injections or tooth carving.

Removable dental veneer can resolve most problems with the appearance of the teeth, including irregularity, distance, fracture, discoloration, and deformity. Still, this method is temporary and not therapeutic.


As mentioned before, there are other aesthetic-therapeutic methods for laminating the teeth, too. Composites are one such method used to cover teeth. In this method, the problems of the teeth are first treated, and then, a veneer made of dental composite is placed on them. This procedure is quick and relatively inexpensive and is often performed in one session.

Porcelain laminate and palatal veneer

Porcelain laminate is a thin, long-lasting cover placed on the teeth after the treatment of dental problems. Palatal veneers are also placed on the inner surfaces of the teeth to make them look beautiful.

before and after using removable dental veneer

Benefits of removable dental veneer

Each method of laminating teeth has certain advantages and disadvantages, and removable dental veneer is no exception. The most important benefits of this method include the following:

  • Removable dental veneer is the most suitable method for having beautiful teeth in the shortest possible time.
  • It is very easy to use and patients can use it on their own.
  • All the problems with dental appearance are solved with removable dental veneer.
  • It is used without carving teeth, injections, anesthesia, pain, bleeding, and post-dental surgery complications.
  • It is cost-effective.
  • It prevents further damage to the teeth.

Drawbacks of removable dental veneer

Any aesthetic and therapeutic procedure has certain disadvantages. Although removable dental veneer has very few and negligible drawbacks, we mention them anyway:

  • Removable dental veneer has no therapeutic value and is only used to change the appearance of teeth.
  • It is temporary and is not always possible to use.
  • It may break as a result of improper use such as impact or pressure.
  • You cannot use it while sleeping.
  • Removable dental veneer is not suitable for solving problems such as decay.
  • It may cause allergies in some patients.

a woman using removable dental veneer

How is removable dental veneer placed on teeth?

The removable dental veneer is very easy to place, and patients can use it on their teeth whenever they want. In general, removable dental veneer is used in three stages:

  1. Put the removable dental veneer in boiling water for 2 minutes until the laminate becomes soft and malleable.
  2. Remove it from the boiling water and wash it in cold water until it cools down.
  3. Press it on the outer surface of the teeth.

After placing removable dental veneer on the teeth, this laminate is fixed in its place and will not move until removed from the teeth by force.

Who is removable dental veneer suitable for?

Removable dental veneer can be suitable for all those who suffer from dental appearance problems such as discoloration, irregularities, gaps, breakage, fractures, or deformities. Note that the effect of these laminates is temporary and merely aesthetic. Therefore, they cannot suit people who suffer from problems such as root decay and tooth decay.

Removable dental veneer is the best option for people who want to have beautiful teeth in a short time and at the lowest price.

Taking care of removable dental veneer

After placing removable dental veneer on the teeth, this laminate is fixed and does not loosen. The question often asked by its users is whether it is possible to eat with a removable dental veneer. With the removable dental veneer, you can easily drink all kinds of drinks, but you should avoid eating hard or sticky foods because the retainer of these laminates may break. You should also avoid eating pigmented foods and drinks such as coffee and tea because they discolor the laminate.

What do orthodontists say about removable dental veneer?

Most orthodontists do not recommend removable dental veneer as a permanent therapeutic method but prescribe it in special cases. They always warn patients that the removable dental veneer cannot be used for treatment, and in case of more serious complications, the required orthodontic treatment methods must be performed.

Frequently asked questions about removable dental veneer

1- How long does removable dental veneer last?

The durability of removable dental veneer can vary depending on how the patient takes care of it. Depending on the type of laminate and how it is used, removable dental veneer can last 2 to 5 years.

2- What material is removable dental veneer made of?

Removable dental veneer is often made of dentistry resin that is very thin so as not to increase the volume of the teeth. Today, removable dental veneer is also made of non-toxic hypoallergenic polymers.

3- How much does snap on smile cost?

Snap on smile comes in different types, brands and, therefore, different prices.

4- How many colors does removable dental veneer come in?

Color variety is limited, and removable dental veneer is often manufactured in light colors.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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