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There is one thing that 99% of the most famous celebrity faces have in common: the brightest, whitest, straightest smile. It has, indeed, become quite a rarity to see someone who is rich and/or famous who doesn’t have “the perfect smile.” But it certainly hasn’t always been this way; even a hundred years ago, the pearly whites that we’re accustomed to seeing, were not nearly as popular. Cosmetic dentistry has come such a long way in recent years and near-perfect teeth are no longer just a staple of the rich and famous; anyone can have a beautiful smile! In today’s blog, we’re going to take a close look at cosmetic dentistry, including its history, its versatility, and its popularity in today’s culture.
History of Cosmetic Dentistry
Though we’ve really seen the biggest rise of cosmetic dentistry in the last hundred years, the idea of trying to use a substitute material like bone or ivory for teeth is something that goes back as far as 700 B.C.E. The Etruscans, who experimented with these materials, also endeavored to create dentures from human and animal teeth. This primitive method had its issues; the dentures smelled rotten and didn’t last long. But nonetheless, this practice lasted until the end of the 19th Century.
By 200 A.D, the Etruscans began using gold as a material in creating dental crowns and dental bridges. The Ancient Egyptians also dabbled in cosmetic dentistry by hammering seashells into people’s gums to serve as tooth replacements. And as disturbing as it may sound, early Romans used urine in their early toothpaste to act as a tooth whitener. By the 11th and 12th Centuries, barbers were doubling as dentists but his practice ended by the 14th century. A few hundred years later, we would finally see some extensive experimentation with cosmetic dentistry. The 1700s saw many efforts with trying to use human teeth as dental implants, however, the body would soon reject the foreign tooth. Metal was also considered and implemented into the sockets of the lost teeth, but that was never successful either.
The Turning of the Tide
By 1770, the very first set of porcelain dentures was completed, after taking ten long years to craft. Not long after that, word began to spread and dentists started using plaster to take molds of their patients’ mouths so that they could make their own set of porcelain dentures. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that porcelain dentures finally made their way to the United States. Porcelain teeth were actually quite popular in the 1800s and their widespread use made the dentistry economy extremely prosperous. By the 1840s, porcelain dentures began being fit with rubber liners to make wearing them more comfortable.
Within decades, dentists would make the switch to plastic and acrylic materials in lieu of porcelain; acrylic is still used for dentures to this day. With the 20th Century, came a true revolution within the dental industry. Huge steps were taken and massive improvements were made in the way of crowns, dental bridges, tooth whitening, and so much more.
Cosmetic Dentistry Today
Though we mainly discussed the growth and progression of dentures, each dental cosmetic procedure has its own unique history and journey to successful and consistent use. Teeth whitening took a huge turn in 1989 with the first use of carbamide peroxide instead of hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. This improvement saw quicker, and longer-lasting results, and also allowed for at-home bleaching. Laser whitening, though it had been around since the 1960s, also saw drastic improvements in 1996 with a slight but significant change in the procedure.
Dental fillings and bonding first became possible in 1949 but has seen much better results in the last three decades with a small tweak in the material used. Dental veneers were first invented in the 1930s and saw extreme improvements in 1982 with dentists’ ability to permanently bond the porcelain veneer to the tooth. Dental implants seem to follow the same trend with an initial invention in 1937 and multiple improvements over the years.
We consider it such a privilege to be alive in our current times when great and lasting cosmetic dental care is accessible to almost everyone. With such a rich and varied history, it’s amazing to see how far dentistry has come, and especially the strides that cosmetic dentistry has made in the most recent decades. Now, the perfect smile isn’t impossible or out of reach, you can take steps now to have the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Your Malta Dentists
No matter what kind of cosmetic dentistry you’ve thought about getting, Salvatore Dental in Malta is your best option for improving the look and health of your teeth. Whether you’re needing teeth whitening, implants, veneers, crowns, or even if you need general dentistry services, contact Salvatore today!