Cosmetic Dentistry
And Teeth Veneers

Teeth veneersFitting a Veneer on a Model

The first teeth veneers were invented in 1937 by Charles L. Pincus (1904-1986). It was used as a temporary measure on Hollywood stars shooting a film and fell off after a while.

Yet, they fulfilled their intent. As the first dental veneers, these objects helped early Hollywood actors maintain their impeccable smiles.

The problem was the adhesive, it was not strong enough for his needs. The right glue to hold porcelain veneers (sometimes misspelled porcelin veneer or porcelain vaneer) in place appeared in 1982.

In that year, R. J. Simonsen and J. R. Calamia informed the dental community of the ability of etched porcelain to bind completely to the tooth with composite resins. H. R. Horn had been working on a similar process.

As F. Spear and J. Holloway in a 2008 article on the selection of ceramics for veneer dentistry have pointed out, "With the advent of dentin adhesives in the early 1990s, porcelain restorations with significantly higher bond strengths than those that had been available previously became possible."

These technological discoveries ensured the ongoing ability of cosmetic dentists to create long-lasting and beautiful smiles.

Veneer Characteristics

Ceramic porcelain dental veneers have dominated the marketplace over their cousins the composite resin (plastic-like) veneer. The choice was an obvious one because ceramic veneers carry the following characteristics:

  • They look natural
  • The material can be formed into a suitable shape
  • They are durable
  • The average life of porcelain dental tooth veneers is between 10 and 20 years, sometimes longer

Over the past few decades, dental technology has advanced and created stronger and more versatile materials. As well as invented much more sophisticated techniques to create veneers that look like real teeth and react to light and color the same way a natural tooth does.

Purpose Of Veneers

Teeth veneers are cosmetic dental procedures. Whether the material is resin or ceramic, the purpose is much the same. Veneers:

  • Improve the color of a tooth
  • Can close gaps between teeth
  • And in certain cases can improve the appearance of malpositioned (crooked) teeth

Cost Of Veneers

Dental veneers range in price. The overall cost depends upon several factors. This may even include where a person lives as well as the experience of the dentist.

In 2011, the cost in the United States was between $1000 and $3000 a tooth.

Dental insurance doesn't typically cover the entire cost for veneers but in some instances it may provide a partial benefit; and dental plans often include discounts on veneers.

Cosmetic Teeth Veneers

Veneers are not a necessity, but in today’s society a perfect smile goes a long way in helping maintain a sense of confidence in your personal relationships and can improve your career potential according to studies.

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