Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cosmetic Dentistry is Older than you Think

Your Cameron Park Dentist can help you restore your tired smile back to the way it used to be with amazing Cosmetic Dentistry techniques that will have you smiling every minute of the day, and thanks to the Mayans and other early civilizations, Cosmetic Dentistry in Cameron Park has made huge advancements.

These days it is easy to whiten your teeth with at home kits or in office whitening treatments from the best Cameron Park Dentist, but hundreds of years ago, people resorted to all kinds of techniques to enhance their pearly whites including urine.

Centuries ago, the upper classes whitened their teeth with acid. The whiter the better as it showed off ones status. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before the Cosmetic Dentists of the day discovered that acid actually destroyed tooth enamel. Other teeth whitening techniques included one’s own urine and ammonia.   

Dental veneers and dental implants are becoming increasingly popular, and according to archaeologists, always have been.

Not much is known about the Mayan culture, but recent archaeological digs have discovered that the ancient Mayans were very much into Cosmetic Dentistry using tooth modifications such as filing, tooth sharpening, and inlays. Although the reasoning behind this practice is unclear, some say it could have something to do with aesthetics, social status, or religion. According to author Diego de Landa, who wrote Relacion de las cosas de Yucatan, the Mayan women would file their teeth creating a serrated edge. This was considered elegant and was done by the older women in the tribe. The teeth were filed using water and stones.

Today tooth jewelry and, “Grills,” are all the rage, and apparently were just as popular with the Mayan culture.  The inlays used by the ancient Mayans displayed Cosmetic Dentistry artisanship and skill. Although archeologists believe this technique began as early as 100 BC to 300 AD it wasn’t until 700 to 900 AD that tooth alterations became much more elegant. Mayan children, women and men would highlight their teeth using turquoise, quartz, jadeite, pyrite, hematite, cinnabar, and quartz. 

Apparently, the Mayans mixed powered quartz with water to use as an abrasive while the inlay holes were drilled. Once the hole was formed, the inlay was placed and cemented into place. Archeologists claim that Cosmetic Dentistry decoration was more popular among females with 65 percent modifying their teeth with more than fifty patterns being identified. Archeological findings indicate that 58 percent of the male population indulged in some sort of Cosmetic Dentistry as well.

If the thought of Cosmetic Dentistry in Cameron Park appeals to you schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Wadden today.