In the early days of Hollywood, actors often had shockingly bad teeth due to inadequate or nonexistent dental care. Preventive dental care was virtually unheard of during the first years of the 20th century, so tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious dental problems were common, and cosmetic dentistry was a dream on the distant horizon. Although the actors were able to maintain a glamorous appearance up to a point, the second they opened their mouths to speak, the illusion was destroyed.
Dr. Charles Pincus found a solution in 1930 when he created the Hollywood smile. He found a way to make temporary veneers, or thin shells that could be attached to the front surfaces of actors’ teeth to cover up all the stains, chips, and other unsightly flaws. The bond between the veneers and teeth was just strong enough to keep the actors’ smiles looking good during filming, but it was not a long-term solution yet. In the 1980s, a team of researchers found that etching the surface of teeth could create a rougher surface and superior bond. This one small change resulted in the ability to keep veneers attached to teeth for more than a decade.
Today, dental veneers are one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry, and virtually anyone can have a beautiful, Hollywood smile. Call our office today to learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment with our team.