Porcelain veneers, used for an impressive amount of cosmetic corrections, have become highly popular as one of the most trusted procedures in cosmetic dentistry over the last few decades. However, before the use of porcelain, ivory was the best material for restorative dentistry. Ivory was tough and comparable to the whiteness of natural teeth, but it had an unnatural appearance to it. Ivory started causing a variety of oral problems, therefore, by the late 1700s its use became diminished.
It wasn’t until the year 1744 when Alexis Duchateau discovered that porcelain could be used in dentistry, as dentures. For numerous decades following this discovery, various dental experiments were conducted with porcelain, yet porcelain veneers were only discovered in the late 1920s, thanks to Dr Charles – a famed Hollywood Dentist.
Dr Charles’ patients consisted mostly of Hollywood actors and actresses who wanted their smiles to appear impeccable on screen. For this reason, Dr Charles would temporarily apply false porcelain fronts to the stars’ teeth, creating the first porcelain smile. This quickly became very popular as a Hollywood beauty trademark, even though Dr Charles lacked the technology to permanently bond the porcelain to the teeth.
In the late 1960s, Dr Michael Bunocore created a strong bonding surface for dental sealants by lightly etching the teeth with a mildly acidic solution, leading the modern era of adhesive dentistry. In 1982, J.R Calamia and R.J Simonsen started applying Dr Bunocore’s techniques to porcelain veneers, granting anyone access to beautiful Hollywood smiles.
Over the last 30 years, dental technology has evolved, making porcelain veneers stronger, more lifelike and convenience than before. Light automatically reflects off the porcelain, creating the impression of a whiter and brighter smile, and once the porcelain is bonded to the enamel of the tooth, it can last for many years.