Dr. O. asks:
Snap-On Smile has really created quite a stir. I still have not done any but I took the course and continue to follow the progress in the dental magazines. One use proposed for Snap-On Smile is to open the bite – increase the vertical dimension. I thought these were only for cosmetics? Not for use in actual function. I do not see how these can be used to open the bite. They are relatively fragile. You cannot control the occlusal dimensions of the appliance. So how is this supposed to work? Has anybody tried to use Snap-On Smile to increase the bite? Also, is it true that a dental lab has to be licensed to fabricate these and that only a few labs are licensed for this?
According to the Snap-On Smile: “Snap-On Smile is a patented multi-purpose restorative dental appliance that involves no drills, no cutting down of existing tooth structure, no needles, and it’s removable. It’s non-invasive, meaning it is also reversible. They fit directly over existing teeth and can be applied to a variety of situations. It’s made with a specialized resin which allows the appliance to be made as thin as .5mm without compromising strength. Its simple patent design allows a patient to eat without any impingement into the gums.”