How Have Dental Veneers Changed Over Time?

The History of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have been around since the late 1920s, and it should be no surprise that they began in Hollywood. A California dentist came up with a way to enhance the smiles of his Hollywood star patients. His name was Dr. Charles Pincus, and he came up with an acrylic tooth cap that fits over the person’s existing teeth. The stars would wear the caps during movie scenes, then remove them. Though this is a long way from the porcelain permanent veneers we think of today, it’s the beginning of using veneers to perfect someone’s smile.

Between the 1920s and the 1950s, regular people began getting veneers to help shape their smiles, especially in the face of disease or tooth loss. By the 1950s, dentists were bonding veneers to the teeth but were having difficulty getting them to adhere properly. Veneers were now made of either porcelain or composite, and Dr. Michael Bunocore figured out a procedure for lightly etching the tooth’s surface with mild acid. That created a surface that a bonding agent could better stick to, making the veneers much more permanent and attractive.

The veneers we think of today really began in the early 80s. Veneers became more affordable and easier to place, which made them popular solutions for people with cosmetic issues.

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