July 16, 2022
Porcelain veneers have taken the world of modern dentistry by storm! They’re one of the most popular cosmetic treatment options available, and rightly so. They’re flexible, versatile, and able to address a number of aesthetic issues including chipped and fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, staining, and more. Veneers have been around for a while now, but they’ve seen many different versions and iterations throughout the years. Keep reading to learn more about how dental technology has evolved over the years to make porcelain veneers as flawless and effective as they are today.
Early Dental Veneers
In 1928, dentist Charles Pincus realized that he could craft small acrylic caps and attach them to teeth using adhesive—this was one of the first prototype veneers! But this acrylic material was fragile, and the adhesive didn’t last very long, meaning it really only worked as a temporary, cosmetic solution. However, this was still good enough for Hollywood, and actors and actresses alike turned towards these caps to enhance their smiles for the big screen. By the 1950’s, the now-popular caps began being crafted from porcelain or resin, which was a big step closer to the veneers that are used today.
The Rise of Modern Veneers
Once porcelain started being used for veneers, there were also focused efforts to increase their longevity. In 1959, a method called “etching” was introduced by Dr. Michael Buonocore, and it allowed dentists to roughen the surface of tooth enamel prior to placing the veneers in order for a much stronger bond. Cosmetic dentists actually still use etching gels today! After etching was discovered, another breakthrough came in 1982 when it was uncovered that etching porcelain with hydrofluoric acid led to an almost permanent bond between the teeth and veneers.
Dental Veneers Today
Technology has made dental veneers today simply incredible. The procedure itself is comfortable and efficient, as dentists are now able to utilize specialized tools and practiced methods to provide patients with high-quality veneers. Thanks to innovations in 3D digital imaging, computer-aided design, and other new technologies, receiving custom-made veneers is now quicker and easier than ever. In the past, it could sometimes take five or more appointments to fully receive your veneers; but now, usually only a visit or two is all it takes to receive your dazzling new smile.
As dental technology continues to improve, you can expect cosmetic solutions like veneers to improve in synchronicity. That said, if you’re curious about taking advantage of modern dental veneers to enhance your smile, don’t hesitate to speak with your dentist.
About the Practice
The team at The Castleberry Center is honored to serve patients and families in Louetta under the leadership of Dr. Darrick Castleberry. Dr. Castleberry received his dental doctorate from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and has several years of experience in a wide variety of fields. He is a member of many professional organizations including the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His practice is pleased to offer many available services including porcelain veneers. To schedule an appointment, feel free to reach out online or over the phone: (281) 320-9600.
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