The earliest form of dental veneers came into being almost a hundred years ago. At the time, they were essentially hollow caps designed to fit over teeth and be removed after a short time. They were especially helpful for performers who were having publicity shots made for a portfolio or appearing in the still relatively new form of entertainment of motion pictures.
Quite a bit has changed in the years since those earliest efforts. If you would like to know more about the journey from those purely cosmetic and removable tooth coverings to the beautiful permanent veneers available today, here are some examples of the major innovations made during the last few decades.
The Change from Acrylic to Porcelain and Composite
One of the first significant changes took place in the middle of the 20th century. Switching from acrylic to porcelain and eventually composite provided several key benefits. One had to do with ensuring the teeth looked more natural. While acrylic worked fine when viewed through a cam-era or in publicity stills, they didn’t look quite life-like when talking with someone face to face. With porcelain veneers, the fit was so perfect and the look so natural that no one could tell the difference.
In addition, the porcelain tended to be lighter and easier to conform to the teeth. The veneers could also be used to fill in tiny gaps between teeth and improve the smile. By the middle of the 1950’s, the use of acrylic was all but forgotten.
Improvements in Bonding
Original veneers were meant to be worn and then removed. Newer designs were intended to remain in place. That meant finding better ways to ensure they did not slip out of position. Dental experts developed a process of removing a small amount of enamel to create a surface that would allow the veneers to adhere better. The bonding process became simpler, less time-consuming, and more affordable.
Personalized Veneer Crafting
Not a lot of customizing when on with the first generation of veneers. After porcelain and composite became the materials of choice, it was more common to mold veneers that were a perfect fit for the teeth. They also provided more equitable proportion, which led to a more natural looking smile.
No Prep and Non-Invasive Methods
Veeners once took hours and sometimes days to put in position. With the advent of non-invasive porcelain veneers, there was less of a need to deaden the gums or make modifications to the teeth, other than preparing the surfaces. It’s now possible to install a full set of veneers in less than two hours. Best of all, those veneers will hold up well for years and ensure the smile looks better than it has in a long time.
If you are interested in the potential provided by Barrie dental veneers, rest assured there has never been a better time to pursue this solution. Talk with your dental professional and find out if veneers are right for you. If so, you could be sporting a beautiful smile a lot sooner than expected.