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Snap-On Smile a good, temporary fix for teeth

July 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Victorville resident Glenda Smith, 47, wanted to do something about her smile, but it was going to take a lot of time and money.

"I have two broken teeth and they were decayed and rotten," Smith said. "I didn't want to smile. I didn't even know how to smile no more because it was so bad."

Smith went to Century City dentist Kelly Hong for an emergency smile solution.

Hong fitted her for a cosmetic cover up called the Snap-On Smile.

Hong took a wax impression of Glenda's smile, sent the mold to a lab where technicians created a cast of what would ultimately be Glenda's picture-perfect smile. The cost was $1,000, about the price of one veneer.

The Snap-On Smile is made of a special crystal resin. It's flexible and users can even eat and drink with it on.

However, oral hygiene is a must for those who choose to wear one.

Hong instructs patients to brush and clean their teeth well so further decay doesn't cause any more health problems.

With proper care, the Snap-On Smile could last three to five years, but Hong warns it is only a temporary solution.

"This is the intermediate stage where you can see how you might look and you can decide whether you're going to go for further treatment," Hong said.

At her upcoming family reunion, Smith said she can't wait to show off her new smile. She says it makes her feel more confident.

"I feel good," she said. "I can't wait to show my husband because he always wanted to get something done."

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