Clip-On Veneers

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Clip-on veneers are a polymer-based cosmetic dental aid that provide a non-surgical alternative to surgical cosmetic dentistry procedures[1]. The veneer is a custom made product and is often fabricated from either thermoforming co-polymer or, in the case of more rigid veneers, acetal resin which allows for a more durable structure.

Covering the surface of up to ten teeth, clip-on veneers cosmetically enhance existing - or in a lot of cases non-existing - teeth.  One of the key attractions of clip on veneers comes from the desire for a multi-fix solution for several dental appearance issues including discoloured, missing, chipped, broken and crooked teeth. In the case of missing teeth the veneer provides a substantial amount more material to imitate the density of a tooth on the dental arch.

Unlike other dental procedures, dental surgeons are not required in the creation or application of clip-on veneers due to their non-surgical nature. Most companies provide the consumer with self impression kit, so no dentist visits are needed.  These impression kits allow the consumer to capture an impression of their dental profile themselves.  Such kits often include several pods of base putty consisting of a mixture of polyvinyl siloxane, fillers and additives and a catalyst putty.  These need to be mixed together, put in to a dental tray and pushed on to the teeth to create an exact mould.

Clip-on veneers are also often known by the following names: snap on smile, removable veneers, temporary veneer, instant smile veneers and fake veneers.[2]


The primary purpose of clip on veneers is to enhance the dental appearance and cover a range of dental cosmetic issues. Many consumers benefit from the financial appeal of clip on veneers as they are a more affordable option compared to the cost of traditional dental procedures - often saving thousands.

How they work

The reason for the convenience and lack of required dentist visits is based on a self-impression kit.  This creates an exact mould of the existing dental profile including the gum line. Upon scanning the mould a digital 3D image of the dental profile is created, before a technician designs each individual clip on veneer. Once a physical replication of the dental profile is created, the polymer veneer is made to fit the dental model.

To apply a clip on veneer, the user simply places the veneer over their existing teeth - the thin layer of material slots neatly over with natural suction. Clipping onto the rear of the dental arch, the veneer firmly surrounds the existing teeth or fills the void of any missing teeth.

Most companies that provide clip on veneers require the user to undergo a smile assessment to identify whether or not their dental profile is suitable. They require certain teeth to be present in order to clip onto. Some companies sell the impression kits separately regardless of suitability so it is important to check their refund policy before purchasing.


Products such as clip on veneers have provided a painless alternative to usual dental procedures. There are a variety of dental solutions that clip on veneers provide a less invasive and more convenient alternative to, with instant results. Such procedures and treatments include:

  • Dental implants
  • Traditional Veneer (dentistry)
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental braces
  • Tooth whitening
  • Bridge (dentistry)
  • Crown (dentistry)

Unlike such procedures, clip on veneers do not have any physical effect on the natural teeth as they only cover them. No removal, filling or shaving of any existing teeth is required to allow the usage of a clip-on veneer.  Some people who require extensive dental treatment which is expensive and required over a longer period of time use clip-on veneers as an interim solution to improve the appearance of their smile.

It is sometimes left to the consumer to decide whether or not it's possible to eat in clip-on veneers. Due to the thinness of the product, they can be susceptible to breakage. However, veneers with more density will provide enforced rigidity for eating. For a definitive answer, it is recommended that you contact the clip on veneer provider directly.  Designs that have special holes in the back means that the bite area is exposed, making eating whilst wearing the veneers much easier.


Unlike traditional dental procedures, there are very few complications that can arise from using clip on veneers. Unlike traditional procedures, there aren't any evasive procedures that would harm your existing teeth. There have been, however, some negative effects on existing teeth from a number of cheap/poorly made brands [3].

Due to the custom made factor of a clip on veneer, the product is made to suit your dental profile. Once the product is made, it cannot be reshaped. This means that if there are any new dental anomalies or any changes to the alignment of the dental profile, the product may no longer fit.

As the impression of the dental profile is taken by the customer themselves, the mould can become susceptible to several mistakes or omissions which in turn will make the impression faulty. If the product is made with a faulty impression, the product may not fit correctly or cause discomfort[4]. Some companies deliver unique services that provide a step by step guide or even a one to one video tutoring which will help the individual take their impression correctly.


  1. Savin, Jennifer (2017-06-08). "Attention: clip on veneers are now a thing (and I tried them)". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  2. "I wore clip-in veneers for a day - here's what I really thought". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. "PubMed". PubMed. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  4. "Clip on Veneers | Professionally Reviewed by UK Dentists". Smileworks. 2018-05-12. Retrieved 2021-04-13.

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