Before dental veneers were invented, people with a damaged tooth surface had only two options - to have it filled or to leave it be.
That's how it was until around 1930 when a dentist from California by the name of Charles Pincus created the very first veneers. The main purpose of those veneers was to improve the smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses who had broken or decayed teeth. Yes, even in glamorous, old Hollywood, tooth decay was a problem! Many believe that the invention of veneers led to what we call now the "Hollywood Smile".
During the early 1930s, when veneers were still new, they did not bond well with teeth. Despite their limitations, they were still well-received in Hollywood because the actors and actresses who wore them only needed them to stay in place while they were shooting a film. It quickly became obvious that there was a broader use for the general public if only they had improved longevity.
As you may know, veneers are generally made of porcelain or composites, and a thin layer of the material is bonded to the tooth's surface to protect the tooth if it's damaged or to improve its appearance. Back when veneers were first developed, it was this bonding process that was not particularly effective.
Fast forward to 1982 when research revealed that porcelain veneers could be effectively etched using hydrofluoric acid. This allowed the permanent bonding of veneers. The fact that porcelain wears better than composite materials made it the top choice for veneers.
The continuous improvements in both material and design, as well as the bonding agents used, have made veneers a long lasting solution for those who want to improve their smiles. In fact, you can now expect veneers to last from 10 to 30 years. Of course, there are several factors that can affect their longevity. For instance, your veneers can become cracked, damaged, or discolored. Your gums may also recede, causing decay. These issues may require that your veneers be replaced over time. But with proper care, most veneers can produce a truly beautiful smile for a very long time.
Are you considering getting dental veneers? We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact Preston Dental Centre today!