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    The search for the best veneer system

    Dr. Harvey Silverman discusses Silmet's ProVeneer system.

    The dental profession has witnessed great advances in cosmetic dental technology in the last century. 

    What was once thought to be impossible is now done every day with long-lasting, predictable results.

    A quick review of some of these breakthroughs include Dr. Charles PIncus’ work in the late 1920s. Dr. PIncus developed the concept of the original dental veneer used in movies albeit with limited adhesion. In 1959, Dr. Michael Buonocore pioneered etching the enamel of teeth to increase retention. In 1978, Dr. Irwin Smigel introduced the concept of tooth bonding to the general public, and an exhibit at the National Museum of Dentistry features his pioneering contributions. In 1983, Dr. Harold Horn presented his work allowing porcelain shells to be bonded with composite resin to the facial surface of the tooth. Dr. John Calamia also pioneered a technique for bonding porcelain to the labial surface of teeth during that same time period. As porcelain veneers were refined and developed in the ensuing years, more dentists embraced the ability to add cosmetic restorative dentistry to the treatment suggestions offered to patients.  

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    Today, there are several methods a dentist can choose from to improve the dental appearance of a patient who is not satisfied with the size, shape, length or color of his or her teeth. 

    Four of the more popular methodologies dentists utilize are porcelain veneers, preformed composite veneers, a matrix system to create the veneer and, of course, direct bonding. 

    All of the above systems can be effective in restoring a patient’s smile; however, each has its own unique set of challenges for the general dentist who is looking to provide an affordable, noninvasive option for those patients who do not want to invest a minor fortune to improve their dental appearance and/or do not want to have their healthy enamel irreversibly destroyed to cosmetically enhance their smile.

    More on cosmetic dentistry: Gap-toothed smiles are in, but that doesn't mean bad business for cosmetic dentistry

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