Learn How Dental Veneers Have Changed with Time

For almost 100 years, veneers have changed the way our smiles look, albeit to varying levels of success. Fortunately, the success curve has bent in our favor. What used to be teeth caps that lasted only a few hours now are natural looking enhancements that can last decades. Read on for the history of veneers and learn how they have evolved through time to what is on the market today.

Hollywood Beginnings

They were created in the 1920s, in Hollywood. Movie stars were looking for a way to enhance their smiles. A California dentist, Dr. Charles Pincus, created an acrylic tooth cap that covered existing teeth. The movie stars would don the veneers when movies were being shot and then discard them.

From the 1920s to the ‘50s veneers started to seep into the mainstream and normal people began to wear them. They helped shape their smiles and cover up tooth decay or loss. They also were largely temporary.

Veneer Advancements

Dentists started bonding veneers to teeth sometime in the 1950s, but they generally did not adhere properly and did not last very long. At some point in this journey, veneers made of porcelain emerged as did composite veneers. Dr. Michael Bunocore created a procedure that used a mild acid treatment that cleaned the teeth to allow for a better bond. This made veneers more permanent and fit better.


The 1980s was a decade that produced a lot of great things, including more affordable and better fitting veneers. The porcelain veneer was big during this time period. It was more affordable and required less time to make. This led to the veneers we know today, which in many cases are all but permanent and extremely attractive.

Veneers Today

Patients visiting dentists in Fairbanks, AK today have a choice between traditional and non-preparation veneers. Traditional veneers require a very small amount of enamel from the tooth or teeth to be removed so that a mold for the veneer can be made. It takes two to four weeks for the veneer to be crafted.

Non-preparation veneers do not require any shaving of the teeth. They are fitted directly over your existing, natural teeth. Regardless, when you get your veneers, the dentist will perform a sight check to make sure they look OK. At this point, you can also color them, and the dentist will make any trims to ensure they fit perfectly in your mouth. Once that is done, the veneer is cleaned and polished and bonded to your teeth. Today’s veneers last between 10 and 30 years versus the older models that were very short lived.

Do you have not so great teeth that you're afraid to smile in a picture? Before you need an emergency dentist in Fairbanks, AK, to fix your smile, check out today’s veneers. You will be amazed at how good they look and fit. Visit North Pole Dental Workshop's website to learn more about veneers and find the right fit for you.