The History of Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions

Cosmetic DentistryIt may come as a surprise to some that cosmetic dentistry is not a new invention. In fact, there is quite a case to be made for the fact that cosmetic dentistry may have had a hand in the very founding of the dental arts. Historically, mankind has always been obsessed with the way he or she looks and how that affects their social status. Somewhere along the way one of our ancient ancestors discovered that a key feature of social success was having a better looking smile, and hence began the quest for perfect teeth and a brighter, whiter smile. It is this quest that led to advancements in oral hygiene, the toothbrush, and a whole bevy of inventions that would ultimately make our entire quality of life better. In the process, both oral hygiene and the appearance of teeth have been improved.

Cosmetic dentistry has its roots in far humbler places than one might expect. When you consider that some procedures today are a multi-billion dollar a year industry, it is hard to imagine that they started with simple ideas and some pretty strange practices. Take, for example, the popular practice of whitening one’s teeth. Today there are a host of products available, both over the counter and at the dentist’s office to give one a whiter smile. When you or your cosmetic dentist, uses a specially fabricated tray filled with a solution of carbamide peroxide you are part of an amazing history of invention that led up to this solution.

Whitening of teeth has always been an obsession with mankind, starting with the ancient Egyptians who used a solution of pumice stone and vinegar to remove stains from their teeth. The ancient Romans were also obsessed with having whiter teeth. Their solution was a toothpaste, which they would brush with that contained urine. While this may sound disgusting by today’s standards it was effective enough that the practice continued well into the 19th century. The ammonia contained in the urine is a natural whitener, which is what made the paste effective. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and both whitening teeth is now one hundred percent hygienic.

Other practices like dental implants and dentures have also come a very long way since their inception. Today, we use tools like dental implants to replace lost teeth. A small titanium screw can be installed into the jawbone to take the place of the root. A specially fabricated crown is then attached to the implant, looking and feeling like one of your natural teeth. When you consider that the first implants were pieces of shell or bone hammered into the jawbone, the amazing progress of medical science becomes apparent.

The ancient Etruscans were the first to make true progress when it came to dentures and replacing teeth. Using ivory and bone they fabricated dentures that could be used much the same way that dentures are used today. The difference is that they used teeth harvested from dead bodies which rotted quickly and probably had a very bad smell associated with them. Regardless of the smell and the rapid deterioration, these dentures were very popular until the 1800’s. As technology has advanced so have the materials that we have at our disposal to create things like dentures. Cosmetic dentistry mostly relies on composite materials now and they look like natural teeth without any other drawbacks.

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