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Cosmetic Dentistry History

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Cosmetic Dentistry History 

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades. For centuries, there has been various forms of cosmetic dentistry that has been practiced, and unfortunately not all methods practiced were a benefit to the patient. It is from these primitive techniques that we have the advancements in dentistry we do today.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most commonly practiced methods by cosmetic dentists in history was teeth whitening. It is documented in many cultures throughout history people used various, and often obscure methods to whiten teeth. While people of today want white teeth mainly for aesthetic reasons, formerly having white teeth often signified wealth and status.

Primitive Methods

Those that were wealthy and of high stature in a community wanted the whitest teeth possible to show their prestige. Various forms of teeth whitening compounds were used to get the desired effect. Some cultures used acids to whiten teeth; however, it was quickly realized that the acid actually ate away at the tooth enamel and caused severe damage to the teeth. Other cultures actually used urine as a method, as the ammonia in urine worked for removing tooth stains. From these primitive methods, early dentists could discover newer ways to whiten teeth that were much less damaging, as well as more palatable.

Early Dentures

Early innovators were also able to create various methods to replace teeth that were lost to make a person’s smile more appealing, as well as help with function of the mouth. Early sets of dentures were made from wood to help replace teeth both for appearance, and for function. As technology advanced, primitive sets of dentures made from ceramics started to be used until further advancements allowed to us discover the techniques commonly used today.

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Advancements in Dentures

Though early cosmetic dentistry was surely primitive and horrifying to the people of today, it opened doors for the advancements we have made and continue to practice today. Fortunately for patients today, cosmetic dentistry procedures are more effective and evidently more appealing than the methods endured by our forefathers.

For more information about teeth whitening, dentures, veneers, or general dentistry in Beverly Hills please contact Arthur Glosman DDS.

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