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The History of Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are recommended to correct a variety of cosmetic issues: whether it’s a chipped incisor or a twisted front tooth, an unsightly gap or some deep stain, a veneer can improve your smile in many ways. Where exactly did veneers get their start?

Just For Looks!

Around the late 1920’s, a dentist named Dr. Charles Pincus designed a method for improving or altering the smiles of actors onscreen. However, these acrylic veneers were not very realistic in appearance, and they only stayed on temporarily. By the early 1960’s, Dr. Michael Bunacore discovered the method for etching tooth surfaces with acid to promote adhesion, opening the way for more lasting veneers.

Making Veneers Last

In the year 1982, R.J. Simonsen and J.R. Calamia discovered that hydrofluoric acid worked wonders in fastening veneers to teeth more effectively than anything tried before. This discovery marked a change in the history of dental veneers. Now, they are no longer limited to use in film, but they are available as a cosmetic option to virtually anyone who wants them.

The Porcelain Veneers of Today

Because of their durability and natural appearance, veneers today are esteemed as smile-changers. Porcelain veneers are now very thin and lightweight, providing a natural feel with minimal reduction of natural tooth structure.

Porcelain veneers have come a long way since their glamorous beginning in Hollywood. Offering dental veneers is now standard in a cosmetic dental office.. Veneers are no longer reserved just for the million-dollar smiles you see on television. Ask your dentist about how dental veneers can enhance your smile, too!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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