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How have Dental Veneers changed over Time?
Veneers have been there for almost a century now. You can clearly tell they have changed with the times. If you want to know how far this impressive technology has come, read on as we explore the evolution of veneers.
Evolution Of Dental Veneers
A dentist in California who wanted to change the appearance of an actor’s teeth for a film shoot developed the first dental veneers in 1928. The acrylic veneers that were held in place using a weak adhesive did serve the film shoot purpose but they did not last.
In 1937, acrylics veneers were discovered. They were applied using dental adhesives but they were also temporary. Later dentists tried using aesthetic alteration as the adhesive for acrylic veneers but they were too soluble for the mouth.
In the 1980s, research done showed that dentists could strongly bond porcelain veneers onto the teeth by use of a combination of composite materials and porcelain. Since then today veneers are either made from composite or porcelain materials.
Today Dental Veneers
Today quite have changed over the years when it comes to veneers. When you go to the dentist for veneers, you can choose to have porcelain or composite veneers. You can also choose between traditional and no-preparation veneers.
The former will see the dentist remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth set to receive the veneer. The dentist will take an impression of the slightly shaved tooth to be able to come up with a veneer that suits the shape of your tooth. The dentist will give you a temporary veneer as you wait for the customized veneer.
With the no-preparation veneers, your dentist does not remove or shave your tooth but he or she cleans, polishes, and etches your tooth before the bonding process. In case the veneer is not a good fit or color, it is adjusted before the bonding process.
Notable changes In the Evolution of Veneers
Below we look at how the features of veneer placement have evolved. Some of the notable changes that have come with this evolution include:
- Use of porcelain and composite materials rather than acrylic
This is one of the best changes in dental veneers, which happened in the middle of the 20th century. The switch was from acrylic, then porcelain and composite. While acrylic was visually appealing when viewed on camera, it did not look real in face-to-face situations. However, with the use of porcelain and composite materials, the veneers looked so real just like natural teeth.
Additionally, porcelain is lighter and easier to conform to the patient’s teeth compared to acrylic. The porcelain material could also be used to fill in gaps in the teeth and give the perfect smile. By the 1950s, acrylic was no longer in use for veneers.
- From Removable to non-removable veneers
Early veneers were meant to be temporary and so they were removable. However, patients preferences and new technology demanded newer designs that needed veneers to be permanent. This meant that dentists had to come up with better ways to bond the teeth and the veneers. This led to a new technique where a small piece of enamel could be removed to provide a suitable surface to allow the veneer to adhere to the tooth. The bonding process evolved becoming simpler, less time consuming, long lasting, and affordable.
- Personalized designing of the veneers.
During the first generation of veneers, there was minimal customization. After the discovery of porcelain and composite materials, veneers could now be molded to fit the desires of the patients. Portions that were more equitable were also designed allowing for a perfect fit into the teeth and a more natural looking smile.
- Avoiding chicklet teeth
A common characteristic of veneers back then was what is referred to as chicklet teeth. These are teeth that could be seen as not natural because they were too white, too big, had an unnatural shape, or those teeth that are very straight. Most people who had veneers often ended up with such teeth as the dentists focused too much on making the teeth look perfect.
Many Hollywood stars had too many chicklet smiles and patients began to seek for a more natural look. This has seen today’s dentists taking more time to craft and apply veneers that make the patients smile almost perfect and real.
Why Visit Vita Dental for Your Veneers
If you want to fix a visible problem with your teeth, veneers can provide you with a great smile. At Vita Dental, we offer veneer treatment to give you the perfect natural smile.
Our board-certified dentists have the experience and qualifications to give you quality service. At Vita Dental, we believe that our patients are our family and so we treat them with utmost respect and care.
Our veneer services are affordable since we accept most commercial insurances. If you live in Spring Texas, book an appointment with us or visit us at the Vita Dental Spring facility for the best dental service in Spring Texas.
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