The History of a Brilliant Solution for a Brighter Smile

Today, there are so many ways to improve your looks and your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is one of them. It makes use of advanced technology, including dental veneers, with a wide range of procedures and solutions to help you transform your look and achieve that perfect smile.

Of the cosmetic dental treatments, dental veneers are one of the easiest ways to improve your self-confidence and give yourself a glowing smile. Also known as porcelain veneers, dental veneer treatments are a great way to correct many visible dental anomalies without having to use braces or undergo surgery.  But, what are dental veneers?

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Dental veneers are thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of a patient’s teeth. Veneers are bonded to teeth and are designed to change their size, shape, position, color or length. This makes them a good solution for people whose teeth are uneven, chipped, stained or have gaps. Dental veneers can give you the straight, white and natural-looking teeth you want.

The Hollywood History of Dental Veneers

Where else but Hollywood would be the origin for a fast, easy solution to imperfect teeth? A California dentist named Charles Pincus fashioned the first dental veneers in 1928. He fit temporary veneers over the imperfect teeth of actors making films in Hollywood. Dr. Pincus’ patients even included the adorable child star, Shirley Temple, who got her first veneers at the age of 8.

In that early version of dental veneers, actors used removable adhesive to attach the veneers to their teeth. The veneers magically turned crooked, gap-filled or stained teeth into a glowing, beautiful, perfect smile for the camera. They had to come off to eat and sleep and were probably uncomfortable. They truly were just a Hollywood illusion. But, they led to a whole new solution to a common dental problem.

Dental Veneers Make Progress

Veneers remained a temporary solution at best for a number of years. The industry found no bonding agent strong enough to hold the veneers in place for a considerable period of time. Finally, in 1959, Dr. Michael Buonocore introduced etching, a process that still plays an important role in cosmetic procedures and dental restorations. Etching requires a mildly acidic solution to be applied on the surface of the tooth. This created grooves that were deep enough to form a strong bonding surface.

In 1982, R.J Simonsen and J.R Calamia found a way to make the bonding surface even stronger. The first step was to paint hydrofluoric acid on the surface of teeth. Then, the team applied bonding resins to the teeth, letting it seep into the areas onto which acid was applied. The procedure created a strong and long-lasting bond that could hold veneers for several years.

The materials and procedures improved with modernization, resulting in a more affordable procedure. Since then, dental veneers have become accessible to many more dental patients.

Dental Veneer Technology Today

Today, dental veneers are made from high quality, stain-resistant materials. As a result, they blend perfectly with natural tooth enamel, resembling healthy and natural smiles.  The thin shells can also be made to perfectly match the natural tooth color, making it hard to distinguish them from real teeth. Dentists use the same etching and bonding techniques, applying a dental sealant that has been found to be safe and reliable. Research and development have brought about modern veneers that last an average of 10-30 years, without the need to repair or replace them.

Why Dental Veneers for Your Teeth?

Some of the problems that dental veneers can help with include discolored teeth, worn, broken or chipped teeth or teeth with gaps. They also help with uneven, misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth. When problems are mainly cosmetic and affect how you feel about your smile, dental veneers are a good way to improve your look. They aren’t a solution for problems caused by poor dental health, such as tooth decay, tooth loss or problems with your bite or conditions like TMD (jaw pain). Those should be addressed by your dentist and may involve other procedures, such as crowns, implants or other care.

Dental veneers have a number of benefits. They are comfortable and feel natural once in place, so you can stop worrying about how you look. You can enjoy normal activities like eating your favorite foods. Veneers are a relatively quick and simple procedure that delivers natural-looking and long-lasting results. They don’t require any special care. Modern veneers are stain-resistant, strong and durable. They will not have to be repaired or replaced for a number of years. You will still need regular dental checkups to care for your natural teeth and gums.

Consult Balle and Associates for Dental Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry Services

At Balle & Associates, we offer a range of general and cosmetic dental procedures, including porcelain dental veneers. We also offer a full range of cosmetic dental services, including bridges and partials, dentures and dental implants, as well as teeth whitening. With our cosmetic dentistry procedures, we will make sure that your smile is better and brighter than ever.  Contact us at 702- 877-6608 for a consultation on dental veneers or any cosmetic dental needs.