History of Porcelain Veneers

By Dr. Ribeiro on April 17, 2020

Painting shows porcelain veneers about to be placed on canine toothPorcelain veneers conceal embarrassing cosmetic blemishes behind an ultra-thin porcelain shell. The cosmetic treatment can totally revamp a blemished smile.

At our Clarksville, TN, dental practice, Dr. Richard Ribeiro and our dedicated dental team works with a state-of-the-art dental laboratory to design and fabricate beautiful veneers for our patients. You may be surprised to learn that porcelain veneers have been around for nearly a century. Modern porcelain veneers are the product of decades of refinement and research since those early years. Read on to learn more about the history of porcelain veneers.

The Hollywood Roots of Porcelain Veneers

Early Hollywood stars sought porcelain veneers to cover blemished smiles. California dentist Charles Pincus is credited with inventing veneers in 1928 for a film shoot. Actors and actresses at the time were realizing that cosmetic blemishes became even more apparent on the big screen. Bob Hope, May West, Shirley Temple, and James Dean were early adopters of porcelain veneers.

Pincus realized that he could use a mixture of powdered plastic and porcelain to create small shells that would stay attached to anterior teeth for short periods of time. He later refined the process using acrylic veneers that were held in place using a denture adhesive, but the shells would only stay on for a short period of time.

Improvements in Bonding and Etching

The earliest forms of veneers were cosmetically effective, but they lacked an adequate method of bonding to teeth. Etching offered a way forward. The acidic compounds open microscopic pores on the surface of enamel, which allows cement and bonding compounds to cling more tightly to the surface of teeth.
In 1959, Dr. Michael Buonocore experimented with bonding porcelain veneers to etched enamel. In 1982, Simonsen and Calamia improved the process by working with hydrofluoric acid. The results allowed porcelain veneers to be permanently attached to enamel for the first time. With an affordable and effective means of placing veneers, the cosmetic treatment quickly became popular across the United States and abroad.

Modern Day Porcelain Veneers

With continual improvements in the types cement and bonding agents available to dentists, veneers are as durable and long lasting as ever. Modern-day veneers are so natural looking that few people will be able to tell that you had cosmetic dental work done. Veneers can easily last over 10 years when properly maintained through good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to our Clarksville dental practice for cleanings and exams.

Our dental practice works with a state-of-the-art laboratory for unparalleled results. Your veneer will be fabricated from medical-grade ceramics that will match the color and luster of your natural enamel. In as few as two visits, you can enjoy the benefits of a completely transformed smile.

Schedule Your Porcelain Veneer Treatment Today

Porcelain veneers can deliver dramatic cosmetic results that leave you looking younger, healthier, and more attractive. If you are embarrassed to smile due to chipped, misshapen, crooked, or discolored teeth, Dr. Ribeiro can oversee the fabrication of one or more veneers that can be placed over cosmetically blemished teeth.

To schedule your next visit, contact our office online or call (931) 645-6362.

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