History of Cosmetic Dentistry

History of Cosmetic Dentistry


As early as 700 B.C.E., there is evidence of people caring for their teeth and even making dentures. These early dentures were frequently made out of bone and ivory, but occasionally they also include the teeth of other humans and animals. Even tooth replacements made of seashells and hammered into the gums, as well as dental bridges and crowns made of gold, were reported to have been used in ancient Egypt.


Veneers are thin, porcelain materials that are glued to the front of the teeth. They were initially created in the 1930s to enhance Hollywood performers' smiles. The more permanent bond that is employed now was not created by dental practitioners until 1982, since the initial veneers did not last very long.


Another cosmetic dental procedure that has been practiced since ancient times is teeth whitening. Sometimes, the ancient Romans would brush their teeth with toothpaste produced from urine, which also happened to whiten teeth. People have been using chew sticks to clean and whiten their teeth since 3000 B.C.E. When dentists realized that gel gum treatments had the unintended effects of making the teeth whiter, they created modern bleaching techniques employing peroxide trays, ushering in a new era of dentistry.


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