Who Invented Dental Veneers?

Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are often asked about in dental offices which provide cosmetic services. Veneers are such a versatile treatment for covering up fractures, chips, overlaps, stains, crooked teeth, and any other cosmetic dental issues. This incredible dental innovation had an evolution which can be traced back to the year 1928, in a time when Hollywood glamour dictated the style trends of the times. Would you like to learn a brief history about porcelain veneers?

Acting like Teeth are Perfect

It all began in the sunny state of California when a dentist named Charles Pincus invented dental veneers. At first, denture adhesive was the material of choice to stick the faux teeth onto natural tooth surfaces. If you’ve ever had any experience with denture adhesive, you probably realize that it only provides temporary bonding. Thus, veneers would only remain bonded to tooth enamel for a few hours at a time. Since this was fairly inconvenient for every day use, veneers were mostly utilized by make-up artists for film, to transform actors to look different for a particular role. Researchers in 1982, expanded upon Dr. Pincus’ invention by coming up with a stronger bond between veneers and teeth by using composite resin.

Better Veneers in Modern Times

Over time, veneers have transitioned and improved through the use of better materials for bonding and for the shells themselves. Porcelain is generally the standard material in this day-and-age. The color matching capabilities and translucence of porcelain reflects light like natural tooth enamel.  Porcelain veneers are surprisingly lightweight, but they can hold up to plenty of biting and chewing action. Porcelain veneers are also a bit more stain resistant than composite resin. Modern porcelain veneers not only look natural, but when they are cared for properly, they can last for many years. Consult with Dr. Burds and you may find that porcelain veneers are among the best possible treatments for you’re your damaged smile.

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Call Gateway Dental Group today at (515) 244-9565. Dr. Burds serves patients in Sherman Hill, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and the communities surrounding Des Moines.