How Has Dentistry Changed over the Years?

How Has Dentistry Changed over the Years?

Dentistry is nothing like it used to be. In just one century it has changed vastly, especially between the early 1900s and today! To show you how it has progressed into the high-tech practice it is today, here are some of the biggest dental revolutions of our time.


Early 1900s

The early 21st century had several interesting dental revelations. As early as 1903, the crown was invented to cover the tooth’s surface. The pain reliever Novocain was invented shortly after in 1905 and soon became common practice. Fluoride was also discovered during this time and was added to drinking water in the 1940s. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the first fluoride toothpaste was available for purchase. And believe it or not, the first fully reclining dental chair was first seen in the 1950s with high-speed hand machines being also rolled out around the same time.



The 60s was an exciting time for dentistry. During this era, there were several advancements in science and technology, which helped progress medicine and dentistry. For one, lasers were developed for soft tissue procedures, the electric toothbrush came onto the scene, the first dental implants were developed, and sterilization methods were also greatly advanced from the standard boiling water method.  



Do you remember when braces used to wrap around the teeth? Fortunately, that changed in the 1970s when direct bonding was born. Thanks to several breakthroughs in dental adhesives and stainless steel, braces were more effective, comfortable and discreet. Plus, in the 70s, composites became a key material in fillings, veneers, and porcelain laminates paving the way for cosmetic dentistry.



During the 80s, braces really started to flood the market. In fact, tooth coloured aesthetic braces just started to gain popularity. Dentists were also commonly using Novocain and metal fillings for teeth around this time.  



Teeth whitening procedures have been around for centuries. The Romans and Egyptians believed that white teeth were a sign of wealth, and used handmade concoctions to try and whiten teeth. As early as 1918, scientists were experimenting with heat lamps and hydrogen peroxide to lighten teeth. However, it wasn’t until 1989 that the first patent for a thick whitening gel was obtained. It didn’t take long for the trend to catch on and soon after the dental market exploded in the 90s with new whitening pastes, treatments and kits.


The 2000s

The past two decades have proven to be an exciting time for dentistry. Procedures and equipment have vastly evolved, and new technology has greatly improved the way dentistry is performed today. Newer materials are stronger, more versatile, and made to look just like real teeth. Digital dentistry has also made computer simulation and design much easier than ever before. Accuracy has also been greatly improved thanks to digital x-rays and laser dentistry. More discreet appliances like Invisalign aligners and dental implants have helped patients correct issues without needing cumbersome braces or dentures that were commonplace in the past.

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