Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the years. Its evolution has progressed with the needs and wants of today’s society. People have gone from looking for basic hygienic health to now looking for better and whiter smiles. The following are just a couple ways cosmetic dentistry has evolved over time. – From metal fillings to tooth-colored composites. One of the oldest records of metal fillings was published in 1530 and described the practice of filling cavities with gold. Dating even further back in 659, the Chinese wrote about filling cavities with silver and tin. Other metals, such as mercury began to be used commonly to fill cavities. These days, we have finally said goodbye to metal fillings (which can cause decay). The new white bonded fillings we use at Smiles of Bellevue/Eastside Smiles will keep our patients’ teeth looking white and feeling strong. – From Dentures to Bridges to Dental Implants. Dentures have been used to cover missing teeth for a long time. Even our first president, Washington, wore dentures. Eventually, the invention of bridges made covering teeth a little more comfortable. However, bridges can fall out over time and possibly leave behind damage to the surrounding teeth. Today, the most effective way to cover missing teeth is what is known as dental implants. Now you can “grow” new teeth with our dental implants that screw in like posts to the gums. Dental implants have cosmetic benefits and jawbone support, helping to prevent deterioration that may come with bridges and dentures. Cosmetic dentistry has become quite popular in the last 10 to 20 years. Multi Briefs reports that the global dental devices market is projected to reach $12.9 billion by 2016, coming from $3.2 billion just five years ago, in 2010. Some of the newest cosmetic dental procedures include porcelain crowns and custom porcelain veneers, which we offer at Smiles of Bellevue/Eastside Smiles. Our cosmetic dental procedures have certainly kept up with the times of our society and the demand for better and whiter teeth. Visit our website to find out more information about our cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry.