A History of Cosmetic Dentistry

When it comes to keeping your smile in optimal condition, most of the attention tends to be focused on maintaining oral health through the avoidance or elimination of things like cavities or gingivitis. And while this is certainly an understandable position, it is equally true that there tends to be relatively little focus upon the appearance of smiles and ensuring that teeth look as good as they feel. This is where the field of cosmetic dentistry comes in.

Cosmetic dentistry has made great strides over the past few decades. That is not to say, however, that it is necessarily an entirely new dental field. The desire to obtain a beautiful smile is not a modern one, and there are hints of what we now know as cosmetic dentistry dating back to at least 700 B.C. During this time, dentures were created from bone and ivory by the Etruscans, a wealthy civilization in ancient Italy. This indicates that the individuals in this society valued a full smile without gaps and sought to create rudimentary dentures in order to help attain this vision of oral health and beauty.

There are numerous examples similar to the above. In fact, Creating dentures from bone, both human and animal, was a practice that persisted until well-within the 1800s. Teeth whitening is another common cosmetic dentistry procedure that was well-known to ancient civilizations. The ancient Egyptians, for example, created a toothpaste composed of vinegar and pumice stone to help scrub away stains that developed upon their teeth. Early Romans also had a toothpaste that was designed to whiten teeth, although theirs contained urine since ammonia happens to be a natural method of tooth-whitening. Today, of course, there are far more pleasant and effective methods of tooth-whitening such as one visit in-office whitening or take-home whitening trays – but still, it is interesting that the desire for a bright smile is one that has persisted for centuries.

All of the above is said to say this: cosmetic dentistry is an important dental field that has developed over the course of hundreds of years. It gained traction in the 1980s with the creation of more advanced dental care technology and has since only continued to improve in terms of both effectivity and popularity.

Today, cosmetic dentistry is an important field that aims to help patients achieve the perfect smile. OC Healthy Smiles achieves this through the use of advanced restoration techniques as well as cosmetic procedures that promote oral health as well as an attractive smile. By having Dr. Nguyen, who was awarded the title of 2018 Top Cosmetic Dentist by Orange Coast Magazine and his board-certified peers, we are able to help you walk out of all your appointments with a smile that looks as good as it feels.

To have your questions about your cosmetic dentistry answered and to schedule your cosmetic consultation at OC Healthy Smiles call (714) 545-0484.

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