The Colourful History of Cosmetic Dentistry: What You Didn’t Know

Have you ever wondered how braces, veneers and all those other dental aesthetics came to be? Or, how long they have been in use? Now you no longer have to wonder because you will learn about them here.

Ivory, Bone and More

In 700 B.C., the Etruscans started cosmetic dentistry by making the earliest dentures. They made use of a mixture of human and animal teeth, together with bones and ivory. They also made dental bridges and crowns — all made out of seashells.

Odd Toothpaste Concoctions

Romans of the olden days also made sure that they had ways to keep their teeth in great condition. This toothpaste, which others deem to be a mouthwash, is not for the faint of heart because it is human urine. Urine contains ammonia, which can whiten teeth and remove stains.

Barber’s Dentistry

Back in the Middle Ages, dentistry was a part of a barber’s job. The problem, though, is that barbers did not know how to treat teeth with caution — which led people in those days to perform dentistry on their own.


In the early 1700s, ivory was used as false teeth. In 1774, physician Alexis Duchateau created porcelain dentures in Britain. People started to use porcelain as dentures, which is definitely way better than bones or metals.

Acrylics and Plastics

Now, apart from porcelain dentures, acrylics or plastics are also used, Aura Dental explains. Braces are no longer confined to metal. There are now clear or even invisible kinds — proving that dentistry really has come a long way.

From the time of the early Etruscans to the present, one thing is sure: cosmetic dentistry is important — and thus, development is continuous.