Are Dental Snap-On Veneers Actually Good?

The internet is divided over snap-on veneers; while cost-weary individuals don’t mind seeking them out for their affordability, some professionals caution against their use. Also known as removable or clip-on veneers, they’re quite different from their traditional counterpart. Unlike the latter, these don’t require any teeth shaving and can also be easily popped on and off.

But some of these “conveniences” are also what ends up working against these snap-on veneers. While you might be tempted to get them because of their low cost, there are a few things you need to take into consideration before you do so.

What Are Snap-On Veneers?

Snap-on veneers are a type of dental accessory designed to fit over existing teeth without requiring any preparation. There are a number of cosmetic dental concerns it’s claimed to help with, including:

While they may hide these imperfections, it’s very important to keep in mind that snap-on veneers are not addressing any of the underlying issues. They’re simply hiding your teeth.

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Also, although these types of veneers are said to help with crooked teeth, you shouldn’t expect them to even out your smile to a large degree. That’s because your original teeth won’t be shaved down for them, so the veneers will take the shape of the underlying teeth.

Here, it should also be noted that there are two types of snap-on veneers: instant and custom-made. The instant one is made with a standard size, while the custom veneer can be moulded to the shape of your teeth with the goal of allowing for a better fit. In any case, they’re reversible, not permanent, and you can take them off anytime you want.

Are Snap-On Veneers Any Good?

While there are positive anecdotal reports of snap-on veneers, there are certain things you need to be careful about these dental accessories, such as:

  • No prior dental check-up While certain snap-on veneers may require a dentist’s prescription, many are readily available for online purchase. As a result, individuals may not undergo a professional assessment of their teeth and gum tissue to determine their suitability for snap-on veneers.
  • Oral health problems – Without a dentist’s check for fit, your bite might not be right (which could cause jaw problems). Additionally, it may worsen gum disease and tooth decay. Their proper cleaning is very important.
  • Speech issues – You might not be able to talk properly enough with them fitted over your teeth.
  • Eating and drinking limitations – With certain types of snap-on veneers, you may be advised against eating or drinking hot, sugary or sticky liquids, which can make things difficult when you’re out socialising.

While their affordability and quick results do make them quite attractive, it’s best to talk to a medical professional if you’re considering getting them.

What’s The Procedure To Get Snap-On Veneers?

The procedure to get snap-on veneers can vary depending on the product.

Some send an at-home kit to their customers with trays and putty through which they can take an impression of their teeth and send it back for the making of the final veneer.

Certain brands provide generic teeth that you yourself must mould to fit your own teeth. This can involve softening the fake teeth in hot water before pressing them against your actual teeth.

However, you should be careful about the hot water. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions regarding the duration of time to soak the teeth in water and how long to wait before putting them in your mouth for moulding.

Others, however, may require an initial consultation session in which your suitability for these veneers will be determined, as well as your needs discussed. There are certain snap-on veneers that need a dentist’s prescription.

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After your dentist has taken an impression, it will be sent to a lab for preparation. So, you won’t get the veneers on the same day. Once they’re made, the dentist will make sure that it fits well, after which you can wear them.

How Long Do Snap-On Veneers Last?

Your snap-on veneers may last 12 months or so, although some manufacturers claim their products last longer. It can depend on the material from which the veneer is made and how well you’re taking care of it.

For instance, some may explicitly advise against eating hard foods like carrots and nuts, as it may impact the integrity of your veneers. Cleaning is another important one, as otherwise, with food particles stuck in it, bacteria can get there. Make sure to read the care instructions that come with your snap-on veneers so you can make them last.

Are Snap-On Veneers Bad For Your Teeth?

Snap-on veneers can be bad for your teeth as they may worsen the health of your teeth and gums. If food particles and bacteria stay lodged underneath the veneers and plaque accumulates, it can result in cavities and tooth decay.

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Additionally, it may lead to the development of gum disease. If you already have these problems, there are concerns that these veneers may exacerbate these issues.

If you’re getting snap-on veneers for discoloured teeth, for example, it’s important that you first get a proper diagnosis of why your teeth are discoloured. Through a timely medical intervention, you might save on costly dental procedures in the long run. Only your dentist can best advise you on the treatment plan most suitable for your needs.

Do Snap-On Veneers Look Natural?

You might find snap-on veneers to look quite unnatural for a number of reasons:

  • They appear bulky – Since the teeth underneath the veneers are not prepped, the snap-on veneers can look quite bulky.
  • Teeth all joined together – Another giveaway of snap-on veneers is that the teeth are all joined together with no natural spacing or gaps between them.
  • Light may reflect unnaturally – Because of the materials from which these veneers are made, they may reflect light in a way that makes your teeth look fake.

Some also complain of having veneers that are too white, which in turn makes their smile look unnatural. However, you’re likely to get the option to choose the shade for yourself, so you can consider going with one that might not be too bright for you.

How Much Do Snap-On Veneers Cost?

In the UK, snap-on veneers may cost you between £500 to £1,500 or more for one arch. However, the prices can widely vary depending on:

  • The manufacturer
  • The material from which the veneer is made
  • The number of arches you’re getting fitted (might be cheaper per arch if you’re getting two)
  • Whether or not a dentist is prescribing and fitting them

Keep in mind that these veneers are not likely to be very strong, so you might have to replace them frequently, which can make them expensive in the long run.

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Still, considering how a single veneer in the UK might cost between £500 to £1,500, it’s easy enough to lean towards snap-on veneers.

But if you’re looking to get a smile makeover more affordably through traditional restorations, you can consider getting dental veneers in Turkey, where a single tooth can cost you just around £200. So, even if you’re looking to get multiple restorations, you can get a relatively inexpensive treatment plan.


Snap-on veneers are undoubtedly a very appealing dental accessory since they are affordable, don’t require any teeth preparation and are painless. However, it’s important to consider the long-term costs, both for your dental health and your finances.

If you’re experiencing any dental issues, it’s important that you get in touch with a board-certified medical professional who can assess your underlying problem(s) and prepare your treatment plan accordingly.

Reviewed and approved by Dr Izbel Aksit


Do snap-on veneers work on no teeth?

Snap-on veneers need a surface to “snap on to.” Therefore, if you’re missing all your teeth, it won’t be possible for you to anchor your veneers on any surface.

Are snap-on veneers safe?

There are a number of concerns regarding the safety of snap-on veneers, such as they may damage the enamel of the tooth, cause decay and gum disease or worsen your oral health. It’s best to consult a medical professional before getting them.

Do snap-on veneers really work?

Snap-on veneers can really work, as they’re moulded to the underlying teeth to hide any imperfections like gaps, chips, staining, etc. However, they can carry the risk of damaging your oral health.

Do snap-on veneers hurt?

Snap-on veneers are considered painless because they don’t require shaving of the original teeth.

Do clip-on veneers fall out?

Whether or not your clip-in veneer will stay in place may depend on the fit of the veneer. If it’s poorly fitted, it might move around easily.

Can you eat and drink with snap-on veneers?

There may be certain limitations as to what you can eat with the snap-on veneers in place. For instance, you may be advised against eating hard foods like candies, raw vegetables, and nuts. Sticky foods like chewing gum might also be off the table, along with staining foods and hot drinks. Make sure to check the product’s instructions for this.

Do dentists do snap-on veneers?

There are some snap-on veneers that require a dentist’s prescription, but this is not the case for all of them, as many are sold online without a medical professional involved.

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