The advent of cosmetic dentistry – from celebrity luxury to an option for everyone

November 15, 2019 by Dr Gurs Sehmi

Cosmetic Dentistry, Looking Younger

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Although once restricted to the world of actors, models and singers, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly common for the average individual.

Although once restricted to the world of actors, models and singers, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly common for the average individual.

There have been many advances in cosmetic dentistry, including veneers and clear aligners along with more invasive treatments. This means there are options available for all concerns, as well as financial budgets.

Early cosmetic dentistry

People have found different ways to care for their teeth for thousands of years – as early as 3000 BC, people used sticks to clean their teeth.

The first toothbrush was made in the 1400s, then the first electric toothbrush in 1961. 

Along with cleaning, the first dentures are said to have been used around 700 BC, where the Etruscans made dentures from bone and ivory.

Additionally, in the 1100 and 1200s, barbers performed dental procedures including whitening, filing and even performing dental surgery.

Despite this history, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the term ‘cosmetic dentistry’ was used. 

Thanks to rapid advances in technology, there have been impressive developments in the cosmetic dentistry field and treatments including teeth whitening, dental veneers and dental implants have become increasingly available for the masses.

Celebrities with veneers

All through history, people have been coming up with ways to clean, maintain and improve their gums, and veneers are one of the most popular solutions for this desire.  More.

Veneers are one of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry. However, you may not always be able to tell someone has veneers – if done well, they should appear natural. 

It is likely that many of your favourite celebrities have veneers including Tom Cruise, Zac Efron, Nicolas Cage, George Clooney, Demi Moore and Emma Roberts.

With the right dental procedure and professional help, anyone can achieve their dream smile. 

At The Perfect Smile, we fully believe that everyone should have the opportunity to fix parts of their smile that they are not happy with – whether that is the yellowing colour, staining from coffee or wine, missing teeth, chipped teeth or gaps in the gums. Some treatment options include:

  1. Veneers: a layer of material placed over a tooth, improving the aesthetics of the smile and can protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
  2. Teeth whitening: removes stains and leaves you with pearly white teeth.
  3. Crowns: a good option if you don’t want veneers – a cap is placed over the tooth to improve the shape and size. 
  4. Bonding:  this can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, stained or cracked. 

We have multiple solutions available, and by organising an appointment with one of our consultants you can find out which treatment will suit you best.

Medically reviewed & updated on November 30, 2021

Medically Reviewed By:

Dr Gurs Sehmi

Reviewed by Dr Gurs Sehmi


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Dr Gurs Sehmi

About the Author: Dr Gurs Sehmi BDS B.Sc (Kings College London) – (GDC No. 103934) is one of the leading dentists at the Perfect Smile Studios in Hertfordshire with particular skills in adult orthodontics and dental implant treatments. After graduating from Kings College London as a dentist in 2006, Dr Sehmi has worked for the NHS before moving onto Private Dentistry. Dr Gurs Sehmi was shortlisted for Best Young Dentist in 2012. Dr Sehmi is one of the most experienced restoratives and enhancing dentists at The Perfect Smile Studios.