Highlight of the History of Dental Veneers

white smilePorcelain dental veneers are extremely versatile as a means for making over a cosmetically flawed smile. If your teeth have fractures, chips, overlaps, stains, gaps, or are slightly crooked, porcelain veneers will cover over those flaws and perfect your smile to your desires. Veneers are a dental innovation which has improved greatly over the years. These days, cosmetic dentists are able to offer patients very realistic and long-lasting results from veneers, but this wasn’t the case in the very beginning.

The Advent of Veneers

It may sound fitting that dental veneers were invented in the state of California, since this is where the majority of films and television shows were once produced. Through the use of denture adhesive, Dr. Charles Pincus figured out a way to stick prosthetic faux teeth onto the fronts of natural tooth surfaces. Unfortunately, denture adhesive only offered temporary bonding. Early dental veneers lasted for a few hours at a clip before slipping and falling right off. This made veneers a great tool for make-up artists in the entertainment industry who wanted to naturally transform the look of an actor or actress. However, this didn’t offer the permanent solution we have today in dental veneers. Luckily, in 1982, scientists picked up where Dr. Pincus left off. Stronger bonding processes were developed through the use of composite resin material.

Evolution of Veneers

The materials utilized for making the veneers themselves (as well as adhesives for bonding them to teeth) have continued to evolve thanks to dental research and science. Porcelain was the standard material for fabrication of the wafer-thin discs. Porcelain has proven to be a priceless material for cosmetic dentistry in terms of color-matching as well as tooth-like translucence and light reflection. Though veneers are light in terms of mass, they can usually hold up to a great deal of biting and chewing. Provided that you care for your modern dental veneers properly, they should remain beautiful and intact for years to come.

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If you live in the 70508 area and would like to learn more, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Young, call our Lafayette dentist office at (337) 237-6453.