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Snap-on Teeth and Flippers Teeth

Updated on June 1, 2012

Flippers teeth are false teeth that either fit over natural teeth or replace missing teeth like partial dentures. The flippers teeth may replace one or more missing teeth. The flipper teeth that fit over natural teeth to cover stained, missing, or cracked teeth sometimes are called snap-on teeth. The snap-on teeth need to be fitted by a professional so that they fit properly over the natural teeth.

When a person is confident and friendly, others receive that impression through the person's smile. For people who are uncomfortable about how their smile looks, they may hide their mouths or try not to smile. Even if they are confident and friendly, they may appear not to be.

Many models of snap-on teeth are sold as smile enhancements. These are affordable alternatives to cosmetic dentistry methods. These are quick and easy ways to fix a smile and therefore improve the person's self-confidence in public.

Some brands of these flipper teeth are sold through dentists' offices. The dentist may recommend other types of tooth replacement options or cosmetic dentistry methods. For example, the dentist may recommend bonding, bleaching, or veneers if the patient is concerned mostly about stained teeth.

There are snap-on teeth companies that sell their products directly to the customer. The product may have a process of fitting the flippers teeth at the person's home. Before purchasing the flipper teeth directly, the customer should review how the teeth are fitted and ensure that there is customer support available.

The teeth that fit over natural teeth can hide any missing or damaged teeth. If the person has tooth decay, using a dental flipper over the decaying teeth is not a substitute for dental care.

The flipper teeth that are similar to partial dentures are used only to replace missing teeth. The dentist creates a mold that is sent to the dental lab. At the lab, the technicians make the dental flipper teeth which are then sent back to the dentist.

Flipper teeth made at a dental lab in this way have the false teeth to hide gaps left by missing teeth. The false teeth are secured to a plastic base that fits snuggly in the mouth. A follow up dental visit is necessary to check the fit of the flexible partial denture.

Both types of flipper teeth are removed to brush teeth and while sleeping. Some flippers are not made to use while eating. The dentist may recommend that the dental flippers are removed until after the meal.

Dental hygiene is very important when wearing any type of flipper teeth. Teeth should be brushed after every meal and before going to bed. The care and cleaning instructions for the flipper teeth should be followed in order to help prolong the life of the device.

Many types of flippers teeth are not made to last for a long time. These tend to be cheap alternatives to traditional dentures. A dentist may give an estimate of how long flipper teeth last. Many dental flipper products typically last three to six months. In some cases, the person is able to use the same flipper teeth for a few years.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Very interesting. I have never heard of flipper teeth. Thank you for highlighting this topic.

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