Your smile is your first impression, the way you introduce yourself to the world. And if you aren’t happy with the state of your teeth, it can have wide-ranging repercussions, from insecurity in social situations to timidity in the workplace.
Many people don’t have the funds on hand for a comprehensive smile makeover. That’s why TruSmile developed their snap-on veneers. For less than the cost of a single traditional porcelain veneer, you can fully transform your smile, covering any imperfection that’s been bothering you. But can they really transform your smile without sacrificing safety? Let’s find out.
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TruSmile at a Glance
Founded in 2015 in Panama City, Florida, TruSmile is one of the oldest companies in the snap-on veneers scene. With extensive experience, they’ve transformed thousands of smiles, so you can be confident that they’ve worked with one just like yours.
Because their veneers are not affixed to the teeth and make no changes to your anatomy, they are not considered a dental treatment. Instead, they are cosmetic appliances that you can wear and remove whenever you want. TruSmile snap-on veneers simply hide your natural teeth behind false ones that look bright and uniform.
Although they do not make meaningful or permanent changes to the teeth, they can help customers feel more confident about a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including:
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Missing teeth
- Stained teeth
- Irregularities in the enamel
- Chipped teeth
- Small teeth
- Teeth with silver caps and fillings
However, TruSmile veneers will not work for everyone. Since they only mask problems rather than treating them, conditions like active tooth decay and gum disease must be addressed before wearing TruSmile veneers. Placing veneers on top of diseased tissues will only make the condition worse.
Even if your teeth and gums are healthy, certain issues could prevent you from using TruSmile. If you have a fixed appliance, such as braces or a permanent retainer, you cannot wear snap-on veneers. And they can potentially damage caps, crowns, and traditional veneers as well.
Then there is the issue of missing teeth. TruSmile veneers can cover gaps from missing teeth and can even replace some degree of their function. However, this largely depends on how many teeth are missing, where they are located, and how many missing teeth are in a row.
How Does TruSmile Work? Our Experience.
We tried TruSmile ourselves, and it’s a pretty smooth process from impressions to final veneers. On their website, you can choose the color of your veneers, and whether you want to cover the top arch, the bottom arch, or both.
Once you’ve made your selections, add the veneers to your cart and you can add special instructions regarding delivery.
We received our impression kit a few days after placing the order, and it was very similar to the other snap-on veneer impression kits we’ve tried. It contained trays for the top and bottom teeth, putty to create the molds, and instructions. You might not feel ready to take impressions on your own right from the start, so TruSmile offers both instructional videos and live customer support to walk you through the process.
After you take your impressions, fill out the card included in the kit, explaining the specific issues you want to address, then drop everything in the mail. TruSmile will follow up with an email requesting photos of your teeth as well. Email your photos and once TruSmile has your impressions, they’ll make sure they are accurate enough to make well-fitting veneers. If so, they’ll start the manufacturing process.
TruSmile says they will produce and ship your veneers 3–5 weeks after approving your impressions. After they approved ours, we had our veneers in three weeks. However, if you need them sooner, you can pay an additional $145 for a two-week turnaround time.
Once your veneers show up, clean them, pop them in, and check the fit. If everything seems good, you can start wearing them as often as you’d like. Whenever you aren’t wearing them, keep them in their case, and remember to brush and floss your teeth before each use.
We think TruSmile does a decent job matching their veneers to your teeth. The ones we got from them were only noticeable up close. See for yourself in these before and after photos:
Pros and Cons of TruSmile Veneers
TruSmile is our #3-ranked snap-on veneer service, and they score 4.3/5 overall based on our review criteria. They’re among the oldest snap-on veneer services on the market, so we’ve been able to compile plenty of reviews from actual customers, getting their honest feedback on what makes TruSmile great and where they have room for growth. Here are the biggest advantages and disadvantages we identified.
- Multiple Shade Options: You get to choose from three different shades, so your smile matches your goals.
- Hands on Support: They work with customers to ensure they are truly happy with their product.
- Affordable Prices: They have one of the lowest price points in the industry.
- No Extra Durable Option: They don’t have different models of veneers for occasional vs. daily wear.
- Shipping Fees for Remakes: TruSmile’s veneers aren’t quite as comfortable as some of their competitors, but this discomfort typically subsides with consistent wear.
Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?
It all depends on your priorities. If you’re looking for affordable veneers from a reputable provider, TruSmile is worth considering.
TruSmile veneers are incredibly affordable when compared to most traditional cosmetic dental treatments. But they can still be an investment, and you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. A big part of the value of snap-on veneers comes from the quality of their materials and design, and TruSmile delivers a fairly high-caliber product.
Any reputable snap-on veneer company will use dental-grade materials in their products. However, this is a broad category, and some materials will last longer than others.
The most common materials used in snap-on veneers are acrylic and crystallized acetyl resin. TruSmile uses a specially designed German co-polyester resin. It is not considered to be plastic, and it offers sturdiness and flexibility in equal measure, ensuring the veneers place minimal strain on the teeth.
Just because snap-on veneers are an affordable alternative to cosmetic dental treatments doesn’t mean you’ll be happy to replace them all the time. With a price tag of nearly $500 for both arches, you want your TruSmile veneers to last as long as possible.
According to the company, their veneers should last between 1 and 5 years. However, they also acknowledge that the veneers’ lifespan depends upon the customer. If you frequently wear them while eating or eat tough foods, they are more likely to break within months rather than years. To make them last longer, TruSmile suggests you remove the veneers to eat, keep them in their case when you take them out, and care for them properly.
All oral appliances tend to feel weird at first. Having a foreign object in your mouth impacts the way the tongue and lips move when speaking. Snap-on veneers can also place slight pressure on the teeth, making them feel a little sore.
According to TruSmile customers, their veneers are pretty thin, which makes them feel more natural and less intrusive. While they still tend to cause a lisp at first, most people adjust rather quickly. Many customers also feel a little soreness when they first begin using the veneers, although it typically subsides within a few days.
When we tried on TruSmile’s veneers right after a few from their competitors, they were slightly less comfortable. However, the experience is different for everyone, and snap-on veneers often get more comfortable as you wear them.
Snap-on veneers need to be loose enough that they do not cause the teeth to shift, but snug enough that they remain in place when talking, laughing, eating, and smiling.
TruSmile veneers usually fit well on the first go-round. However, based on customer reviews, they might slip out of place more often than their competitors. Some customers even complained that they could not speak while wearing TruSmile veneers because they need to continuously suck them against their teeth. However, these customers also noted that TruSmile was happy to fix or remake their veneers to ensure a proper fit. Plus, when we tried on our TruSmile veneers, they fit snugly and didn’t move around at all.
Price point is perhaps the biggest draw of snap-on veneers. When compared to in-office smile makeovers, TruSmile will save you thousands of dollars — in some cases upwards of $10,000! Still, different companies will offer greater value than others. It’s important that you understand exactly what TruSmile offers in terms of affordability.
TruSmile charges just $299 for a single arch, and $499 for both arches. In fact, TruSmile is one of the most affordable snap-on veneers out there.
They also include some extras in your veneers package. For $499 (or $299 for single-arch veneers), you get the impression kit, the veneers, shipping for all products, and a container for the veneers. The only extra expense is if you request an express order, which costs an additional $145 and means TruSmile will make your veneers within two weeks of receiving your impressions, assuming they are suitable.
Whether you pay $499 or $299 for your TruSmile veneers, you may find that the cost is more than you can cover in one go. Luckily, they offer financing options. Their primary plan breaks the cost into two payments. You pay half up front, then once your veneers are ready, you make the second payment.
If two equal payments are too large for your budget, you can get outside financing from Partial.ly, where you’ll make a downpayment followed by three equal installments. However, you may not be approved, whereas TruSmile’s in-house two-payment plan is available to everyone.
Even though dentures are often covered by dental insurance, snap-on veneers aren’t classified the same by insurance companies, so you will not be able to use your dental benefits to pay for them. However, you can pay with a health savings account, if you have one. Speak with your account administrator to learn more.
When you get down to it, the only reason to wear snap-on veneers is to enhance the look of your smile. Before purchasing from any brand, you want to feel assured that their products will match the vision you have in your head. But how can you anticipate how TruSmile veneers will look? Consider the following aspects.
Materials can affect your veneers’ quality, but they also have a significant impact on aesthetics. When the material is too thick, it can make your teeth appear too long and push your lips outward.
TruSmile’s co-polyester resin is designed to be thin without sacrificing strength. As a result, their veneers don’t typically alter the length or thickness of your teeth. However, if long or thick teeth are already a concern for you, snap-on veneers, in general, may not be an ideal cosmetic solution.
Many people look into snap-on veneers because they want a brighter smile. Still, not every person wants blindingly white teeth. Some people just want a natural look that masks small misalignments.
TruSmile offers three different shades. Their brightest is B1. Think of this as a Hollywood smile: bright white and great for photos. The next step down is A1 — nicely white but feels more natural. Then there’s A2 — this shade is more like a natural stain, matching the shade of most adults’ normal teeth.
We chose the A1 option and found it a nice brightness without being so white that it looks fake.
If your only experience with false teeth is that one year you were Dracula for Halloween, the idea of snap-on veneers may be a bit off-putting. But TruSmile veneers are not Halloween vampire teeth.
According to most customers, TruSmile veneers look natural but enhanced. People might think that you’ve “had work done,” but likely won’t pick up on the fact that they are snap-on veneers. Customers specifically appreciate TruSmile’s visual definition between the teeth, helping the veneers look like they aren’t one solid piece.
In our experience, TruSmile veneers were just a touch more noticeable than some of their competitors, but you have to look very closely to see them. Most people will probably have no idea you’re wearing veneers.
If you have missing teeth, you typically have three options: get dentures, get implants, or live with the gaps. Snap-on veneers provide a fourth option: hide them. But how they do that makes a difference.
In the spaces where they’re covering missing teeth, veneers can appear to be a different color, hurting their aesthetic appeal. Some companies use a filler in spots where teeth are missing, which fully masks the gaps and keeps the color uniform. Unfortunately, TruSmile doesn’t include these fillers, so there’s a chance light could hit these parts of the veneer slightly differently.
Snap-on veneers often appeal to adults whose lives are already busy and complicated. The last thing they want is to complicate their daily routine. There are three key aspects to look at when evaluating the convenience of TruSmile veneers: the start-up process, production and shipping times, and the day-to-day experience.
The Start-Up Process
Ordering from TruSmile is easy. The impression kit is where things get complicated. Luckily, taking impressions for TruSmile isn’t any harder than taking them for any other company. In fact, it might be easier.
TruSmile offers great video tutorials, detailed instructions in the box and online, and video chat assistance to walk you through the process. While it’s still a remote process with room for error, they work hard to provide plenty of assistance.
They also require you to send two impressions per arch, which allows them to pick the most accurate impression for designing your veneers.
Shipping and Production Turnaround
Once you place your order, TruSmile ships your impression kit within a few days. Since it ships from within the U.S., it shouldn’t take too long, though this can vary based on your local postal service. You can complete your impressions the same day you receive your kit, then drop everything in the mail.
TruSmile will evaluate your impressions to ensure they are right for making your veneers. If so, it should take 3–5 weeks to produce your veneers and ship them out. However, if you upgrade to express processing, you’ll receive your veneers within two weeks of submitting your impressions.
We received our veneers about three weeks after the lab approved our impressions, which is pretty standard for snap-on veneer companies, but it also depends on where you live.
Daily Wear Experience
There is nothing particularly difficult or stressful about wearing TruSmile veneers. Just make sure you always have your case nearby since you might need to remove them. And remember to clean your veneers, brush, and floss before putting them back in.
You might need to take them out with each meal, but this depends on the types of foods you eat. If you keep them in while eating, TruSmile suggests that you only eat soft foods that don’t require excessive chewing. Drinking while wearing veneers is fine as long as your beverages aren’t too hot; high temperatures can cause them to warp and weaken.
Everything we’ve discussed above plays a role in TruSmile’s customer experience. But what about the smaller details that often go overlooked? There’s not a lot of glamor in guarantees and refund policies, but they can make or break your experience with snap-on veneers.
Guarantees and Warranties
No product is perfect, and sometimes, things go wrong with TruSmile veneers. That’s where guarantees and warranties come in.
According to the TruSmile website, all of their products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. However, the details of this guarantee might not match your definition of 100% satisfaction.
TruSmile’s manufacturer guarantee covers one remake of your veneers at no cost to you if they do not properly fit your teeth. Remakes for other reasons are not expressly included. Also, it begs an important question: what happens if they don’t fix the issue with the first remake?
TruSmile also offers a 30-day warranty that covers fractures. Some coverage is nice, but this warranty is less comprehensive than many of TruSmile’s competitors.
TruSmile does not typically offer refunds on their products and does not accept returns except in cases where the veneers need to be adjusted or remade. There are a small number of cases in which the company will consider issuing a refund. These are:
- When the customer returns their unopened impression kit within 20 days of ordering (full refund minus shipping).
- When the customer returns an open and used impression kit within 20 days of ordering (partial refund that excludes the cost of the impression kit and shipping, as well as a processing fee).
- When the customer escalates the refund request and the TruSmile billing department determines that there is a case (refund is the cost of the purchase minus 25%).
In most cases, once the company starts making the veneers, they won’t give any refunds. So, make sure you are on board with their veneers before you ship back your impressions.
Customer Service Responsiveness
When you choose at-home snap-on veneers, you don’t have the option to turn to your doctor for help. Instead, you need to get in touch with your veneer provider’s customer service department, and some companies make this easier than others.
TruSmile is available across multiple platforms, although they don’t have a live chat function on their website. They respond promptly to emails, which is great, but the lack of a chat means the fastest response will be via phone.
Additionally, they’re not as available as other companies. Their team is only available Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 4:00. So, if it’s after hours or the weekend, you’ll have to wait to get help.
What Are TruSmile Customers Saying?
With all the information above, you have a comprehensive picture of the TruSmile experience. But what are actual customers saying about their veneers?
- The veneers look pretty realistic.
- The colors make it easy to get the look you want.
- The price is pretty accessible.
Most Notable Complaints
- Some customers found their veneers to be a little loose.
- A few customers who had issues with their veneers felt it was a struggle to get them corrected.
TruSmile Veneers vs. Other Snap-On Veneers
TruSmile offers excellent snap-on veneers that should fit pretty easily into your budget. Still, other options might better align with your wants and needs. Here are the top three TruSmile competitors to consider.
Shiny Smile is one of the most well-reviewed snap-on veneer providers on the market. They’re known for their affordable price tag, yet they don’t sacrifice the quality and the durability of their materials. However, the downside is that they don’t offer multiple versions of their products to accommodate different wear schedules.
Removable Veneers USA
Snap-on veneers are not a lifetime buy-in, but many people want to use them for as long as possible. Removable Veneers USA is the only company offering a product that can last up to a decade. This can mean major savings in the long run. Removable Veneers USA isn’t the most expensive snap-on veneer provider on the market, but they have higher prices than TruSmile.
Brighter Image Lab
Who doesn’t want an experienced provider making their snap-on veneers? And if this is the top feature for you, you can’t do better than Brighter Image Lab. On top of their decade-plus in the industry, they also offer more veneer options than any other company. However, that experience and variety come with a price tag that can be four times more than the competition.
TruSmile veneers offer a quick and affordable method for masking imperfections in your teeth. Just snap them on, smile bright, and give yourself a confidence boost! But despite their benefits, they aren’t ideal for everyone. Some people won’t have the right dental anatomy and oral health to use them. Plus, you might just want to make permanent changes to your smile rather than hiding it behind snap-on veneers.
Choosing an option for enhancing your smile is difficult, and it comes down to many personal variables. Consider your budget, goals, and needs as you research your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do snap-on veneers actually look like real teeth?
No snap-on veneers perfectly match the look of natural teeth, but some get quite close. Because they are a solid piece, the division between your teeth is never perfect, and this is often the biggest issue for customers. Up close, people can notice the changes in your teeth, but at normal social distances and in photos, they tend to look pretty real.
Will I have problems if I eat and drink while wearing my snap-on veneers?
You might. Some snap-on veneers are designed to wear while eating. Others are not. However, drinking with them in should be fine with all models. Just remember that even if you are supposed to eat with them in, biting pressure can be pretty intense, and you run the risk of breaking your veneers.
Which snap-on veneers cost the most?
Brighter Image Lab IncrediBIL Veneers are the most expensive at-home snap-on veneers we found. They cost $2,495 for both arches.
Should I expect to feel discomfort when wearing my veneers?
Even well-made snap-on veneers feel strange at first because they are an appliance in your mouth. Your lips, tongue, and even cheeks touch them, and the changes in thickness and texture can seem odd. Over time, you will grow accustomed to their presence.
Are snap-on veneers a replacement for clear aligners?
Not really, though this depends on what you mean. It’s not possible to straighten your teeth with snap-on veneers. However, if you are looking to hide gaps and crowding rather than correct them, then they’ll work.
What impact will snap-on veneers have on my speech?
Most people experience a lisp when they begin wearing their veneers. If you only wear yours on occasion, this might not ever go away. However, if you wear them every day, your mouth and speech will likely adjust within about a week.
How often do snap-on veneers need to be replaced?
This varies between companies and which tier of veneers you choose, as well as how you treat them. Most companies state that their products last 1-3 years when cared for properly. If you want to extend the lifespan of your veneers, never wear them while sleeping and remove them to eat.
Are TruSmile veneers the same as the DIY kits I’ve seen online?
No, they are very different. The DIY kits all look the same, and you fit them to your teeth by boiling them and biting into them. This does not create a customized product, and people have complained about getting their teeth stuck or even broken off. We strongly discourage you from trying DIY snap-on veneers.
Is there an in-office snap-on veneer brand?
Yes, Snap-On Smile. This is a product that’s only available through a dentist or orthodontist. If you are worried about taking your own impressions or just want in-person professional guidance, this could be the right option for you.