Dental Veneers Have Improved Over Time

For nearly a century, porcelain dental veneers have been a cost-effective way to correct minor imperfections in the shape, shade, or rotation of your teeth. Current materials and techniques make the procedure quick and comfortable.

Like many other types of dental restorations, veneers evolved in quality and durability over the 20th century. Today, improvements continue to be made, making veneers a superior choice for the correction of minor appearance issues.

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A Timeline Of Dental Veneer Improvements

The 1930s: When motion pictures began to feature sound, film actors had to open their mouths to talk and sing. Many stars had broken or unattractive teeth. Dr. Charles Pincus, a young Los Angeles dentist, began making temporary caps of powdered plastic and porcelain to improve the smiles of Hollywood’s biggest names.

The 1950s: After World War II, everyday Americans began taking an interest in veneers. The biggest challenge for dentists was adhering the veneer to the surface of a patient’s natural tooth. Early models were simply stuck on top of the teeth and did not stay in place long.

The 1960s: Dr. Michael Bunocore discovered a method for etching a tooth with a mild acid, which roughened the tooth’s surface and made bonding more effective. Initially, this technique was used with sealants and other dental restorations.

The 1980s: In 1982, J.R. Calamia and R.J. Simonsen used hydrofluoric acid to etch teeth using Dr. Bunocore’s method and were able to create permanent porcelain veneers that would stay attached to a tooth for years. This development dramatically accelerated the use of veneers.

The 2010s: Dentists can customize the shade of your veneers to enhance your smile and match the color of your other teeth. The art of applying veneers has evolved along with the science, so that teeth with veneers look natural, not “too perfect” to be believable.

“The quest for a better smile has come a long way,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a central Phoenix cosmetic dentist and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Veneers are an excellent way to get long-term results without a significant time commitment or significant discomfort.”

 

 

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