Veneers are a commonly used cosmetic and restorative treatment in dentistry. They are made of either composite resin or porcelain, and are set to the surfaces of the teeth. They have two main purposes – to cover any flaws or damage, to protect the teeth from any further damage. Porcelain veneers are often preferred by most dentists and patients, as they are able to resist stains and imitate the look of natural teeth best. Patients with porcelain veneers enjoy a fortified smile that is protected from cavities, stains, and other many dental issues.
Veneers were invented in 1928 by California dentist Charles Pincus. They were originally used in Hollywood to change the way actors teeth looked for movies. They evolved in 1937 when the dentist made an acrylic version, which were again only used temporarily, using denture adhesive. In 1959, Doctor Michael Buonocore was inspired to combine the idea of Pincus’s veneers and the recently invented etching process. The research and experimentation of Buonocore was continued in 1982 by Simonsen and Calamia, who discovered that etching with hydrofluoric acid would strengthen the bond, allowing them to be placed on the teeth permanently. Today, we use cements and bonding agents that are a little more improved, and are able to last between ten to thirty years.
For more information on porcelain veneers, their history, or their uses contact our dental veneers dentist in Beverly Hills.