Have you ever wanted more perfect teeth? Porcelain veneers have become one of the best available ways to do it. But veneers have changed quite a bit over the years after entering the scene around the 1920’s.
The funny thing is, veneers were “born” not much far from our dentists in Garden Grove, California. Another California dentist known as Dr. Charles Puncus came up with the first “veneer” – which was an acrylic cap that fit over the entirety of the patient’s existing teeth. This is, of course, why veneers quickly received the nickname “movie star” teeth for the way they used these appliances during scenes, and then removed them afterward.
While these early “veneers” were the first formulation used to perfect a patient’s smile – they are a far cry to what’s available today. After the 20’s and into the 1950’s and 1960’s, patients began to get veneers in order to better shape their smiles – especially after events like disease or tooth loss. But then, it was difficult to get the veneers to actually adhere with some reliability.
This lead to the birth of new materials, adhesives, and methods that would eventually make veneers much more secure, attractive and permanent. Ultimately however, the veneers we think of today didn’t enter the spotlight until the early 1980’s, after the technology had had a few decades worth of trial, error, and innovation. At this point, they became easier to place, better designed, and much more viable for patients hoping to cover up a wide variety of cosmetic issues.
One issue that modern dental veneers have overcome is a more negative nickname they earned over the years: chiclet teeth. Coined after the popular pieces of gum, early veneers had a tendency to look too straight or too perfect. So much so that they looked, rather unnaturally, like chiclets. As time moved on – dentists realized that looking perfect shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. Instead, perfecting the teeth within the context of the rest of the mouth was more important so that teeth look remarkable better, while not standing out as “fake”.
To accomplish this, modern dentists like ours spend much more time setting the groundwork for “perfect” teeth by designing them carefully, with the whole mouth considered and applying them just as carefully. Dentists take numerous photos and work with special laboratories that expertly design veneers to look as natural as possible – taking extra care to include details like subtle translucency near the edges of the teeth, the right shape, and a perfect natural color that matches the rest of your teeth.
This is how veneers of today make truly healthy and perfectly natural teeth a reality.
Are you looking for a permanent boost to your smile? Veneers might be right for you and can correct a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections ranging from discoloration and chips to minor alignment problems. Have questions? Get in touch with our advanced dentists in Garden Grove.