Although cosmetic dentistry is largely considered a new and emerging trend, you would be surprised to discover that its actual roots can be traced back thousands of years. From teeth whitening to dental implants, cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of procedures that are designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. Ideally, the change should also give you the confidence to smile more often.
Take dentures for example. What is considered a very common teeth replacement prosthetic oral device today was actually used in ancient days for the same purpose. The earliest known forms of dentures date back to approximately 500BC. Discovered in the Northern regions of Italy, they were constructed out of animal or human teeth.
The first porcelain dentures were made in the 1700s. Dentures around that time were made of ivory, metals, bone or other human teeth. Legend has it that America’s first president George Washington kept several of his extracted teeth just in case he needed to make them into dentures later.
Compared to dentures, veneers are a much more recent innovation – but probably not as recent as most of us would have imagined. The first veneers was invented by Charles Pincus in 1928. The Californian dentist fabricated the first veneers for a film shoot to temporarily alter the appearance of an actor’s teeth. Interestingly, dental veneers are still favoured by residents of Tinseltown, as they are widely known as Hollywood’s best-kept dental secret. Today, lifelike porcelain veneers are used to conceal the surface of the teeth to hide dental imperfections like a chipped, cracked or stained teeth. If well maintained, these cosmetic devices can last up to 30 years before requiring a replacement.
Finally, let’s take a look at how far dental implants have come since their discovery. This might be shocking: Dental implants were believed to have existed as far back as 4,000 years ago! The ancient forms of dental implants found in ancient China were made from bamboo pegs, as archeological evidence suggests. Another ancient civilization thought to have used implants were the Mayans. The Mayan implants dating circa 600 AD, were made from ivory, precious metals and other human teeth. Of course, modern dental implants were not invented until the early 1970s.
The advancement of dental technology has pushed implants to the fore as a viable form of teeth replacement – that is, as close as you could possibly get to your own natural set of teeth. In fact, the implants are so stable and aesthetic looking that they feel and function like real teeth.
If you want to find out what Cosmetic Dentistry can do to enhance the look of your smile you might just want to visit Quality Dental in North Sydney. For more info call Quality Dental on (02) 9922 1159 or visit www.qualitydental.com.au