Cosmetic Dentistry Is Certainly Not New

Most people believe that Cosmetic Dentistry is a fairly new procedure, but according to your Westlake Dentist, Dr. Rod Burton, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to history, Cosmetic Dentistry can be traced back to 3000 BC with men, women, and children cleaning their pearly whites with sticks. Of course, since then, Cosmetic Dentistry in Thousand Oaks has taken a huge step forwards thanks to modern technology, but even so, our ancestors did everything they could to make sure they put their best foot forward with their smile.

Early evidence from modern day anthropologists has proven that dental implants can be traced back more than 1000 years. It was around 700 BC when the Etruscans fashioned dentures out of bone and ivory to improve their good looks. During the same time, it was also common to use dead animal or deceased human teeth as make shift dentures. It was also not unusual for people to pull and sell their own teeth for profit. Although the dentures smelled bad, and didn’t last as long as they do today, this practice continued until the 1800’s.

Your Cosmetic Dentist in Thousand Oaks will tell you that the Ancient Egyptians truly cared about how they looked, as they would hammer seashells found on the shore into their own gums in order to replace the empty spaces along the gum line.

In the early days, Dentists were not like they are today, in fact, during the late 12th century folks were going to the barber to get their teeth fixed. Barbers stopped oral surgery by the 15th century, but will still trying to help, “Patients,” with cosmetic issues and would pour acid on client’s teeth to make them appear whiter. Of course, Acid destroyed the enamel making this cosmetic solution less than temporary.

A dentist in the 1400s continued to invent new ways to improve their patient’s smiles with Europeans using ivory and bone to make dentures. These dentures were crude, didn’t fit too well, and were very uncomfortable, but they sure made those who could afford it feel better.

It wasn’t until the late 1700s that porcelain dentures hit the scene being introduced into the United States in the 1800’s.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Thousand Oaks has certainly come along way developing leading edge technology when it comes to Thousand Oaks Cosmetic Dentistry, and when you schedule an appointment with your Thousand Oaks Cosmetic Dentist you can be assured that Dr. Sumner will be at the forefront of that technology.

If you are interested in Cosmetic Dentistry in Thousand Oaks, schedule a complimentary cosmetic appointment today.