Get a dazzling smile in a 'snap'

May 5, 2009 12:18:34 PM PDT
A popular product claims to give you that "Hollywood" smile in a snap, but is it worth the money which you'll pay for it? Learn more about a dental treatment which promises to improve your smile in just two weeks.Dallas Hill has had a long and dazzling career as a model. She's graced magazine pages and styled on the catwalk for decades. Retired now, she spends her time as an art student at Blinn College, surrounded by young men and women with sparkling smiles.

"I'm around 18 and 20 year olds all the time," she said. "What they do is they have a mouth full of Chiclets! And I felt like, I want some Chiclets."

Now Dallas and others like her can change their smile in a snap, thanks to a simple idea called the Snap-on Smile.

"It's probably the best, innovative idea that I've seen in dentistry in a long time," said Dr. Terri Alani. "It's just an appliance that fits over your teeth. You just snap it in and you wear it home."

Snap-ons can cover uneven or crooked teeth, close spaces between teeth, increase tooth height and replace missing teeth. Willer Everett was not happy with her smile and turned to Dr. Alani for help.

Willer said, "For all of my adult life I've been in search of a better smile."

To get her pretty teeth, doctors take an impression of her mouth. Dr. Alani then sends it off to a lab in New York and in about two weeks, Willer's new smile is ready.

"I simply love them," she gushed.

While they look great, Willer says trying to speak while wearing them may take some getting used to.

"I sound a little funny to myself. My family, my friends say no," she said. "But I personally feel that there is a difference."

Dr. Alani admitted, "Of course, it's going to take probably a couple of days to get used to. But you can speak very well with it."

Despite that, Willer now feels more confident knowing she has the smile she's always wanted.

"I'm very pleased with it," she said. "There's an obvious improvement. And I'm very, very happy with what I've done."

Dallas' smile can now hold its own with anyone.

"It just means a lot to me to be able to just smile big and enjoy it," Dallas said. "I really feel Hollywood."

The Snap-ons last about three to five years and cost around $1,500.

Dr. Alani said, "A lot of people right now, especially with the economy, cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on their dentistry."

But $1,500 is a small price to pay, say patients like Dallas and Willer, for a smile that can light up a room.

"I'm just thrilled to death," Dallas said. "I'm the new Chiclets queen."

"I see pretty teeth," said Willer. "I love them."

Dr. Alani says Snap-ons are not dentures and are not a replacement for major dental work, due to gum disease and other dental problems. You can reach Dr. Alani at 713-621-5141.

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Christi Myers is ABC13's Healthcheck reporter

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