The History & Evolution of Cosmetic Dentistry

August 22, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Parham Ramtin @ 11:31 pm
person who underwent cosmetic dentistry smiling

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a subsection of this medical practice that concentrates on improving the aesthetics of one’s smile. There are a range of popular cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, metal-free dental crowns, cosmetic dental bonding, teeth whitening, and smile makeovers. Though these treatments are commonly used today to correct chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, and other issues, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way from what it used to be. Read on to learn about how it’s evolved over the years.

Ancient Cosmetic Dentistry

The Etruscans people of ancient Italy made dentures from bone, ivory, animal teeth, and the teeth of deceased humans in 700 B.C. Ancient Egyptians crafted dental crowns and bridges from gold and used seashells to replace missing teeth. Ancient Romans used urine to whiten teeth since the ammonia in contains works as a bleaching agent. Fortunately, we have since discovered much more effective (and less gross) ways to brighten smiles.

Medieval Times

Barbers in the Middle Ages were also the people you would go to if you wanted to have some dental work done. To make teeth whiter, they filed them down and then applied a special coating. This eventually destroyed the enamel as well as the rest of the tooth. Europeans were still using bone and ivory to craft dentures, but these restorations were uncomfortable. They also tried once again to use the teeth of the deceased, but the body often rejected them.

The Age of Enlightenment

The 1700s are when cosmetic dentistry began to improve dramatically. Porcelain was starting to be used to craft dentures, but there were still some mistakes made along the way. Metal was placed in the sockets of missing teeth in the 1800s, but the body rejected them. Fortunately, porcelain teeth were starting to become more popular. Additionally, dentists started using plaster molds so that dentures would fit better.

20th Century and Modern Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry really began to reach its peak in the 20th century. The materials that were being used started changing in the early 1900s. Since porcelain wasn’t affordable for most, cheaper materials like acrylics and plastics were used to make crowns and dentures. Acrylic is still a common material for making dentures along with porcelain, resin, nylon, and metal.

A lot more focus was starting to be put on making teeth look healthier as well as more aesthetically appealing. This was done using treatments like teeth whitening as well as restorative procedures that also improve the look of one’s smile like fillings and dental implants. Veneers were also invented in the 1930s. Though they were meant to give film stars the gorgeous grins they’re known for, they later became available to the general public.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way from where it started. Due to all the above advancements, it is now a reliable way to improve the look of your pearly whites to regain your confidence in your grin!

About the Practice

At A New Smile, Dr. Parham Ramtin, Dr. Deborah Termeie, Dr. Steven Choi, and Dr. Payman Kakoli offer a number of dental treatments to give you a gorgeous grin. From porcelain veneers to dental crowns, they are sure to offer a procedure that can help you learn to love your smile. If you’re ready to make an appointment or want more information on cosmetic dentistry, call A New Smile at (818) 897-5771 or visit their website.