Cosmetic Dentistry and its Humble Beginnings – Faircourt Dental Smile Studio

From brushing teeth with sticks to lighting teeth with bleach and urine, cosmetic dentistry has changed for the better. Thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry Grosse Point Woods, doctors are not resorting to painful and sometimes disgusting solutions for stained, crooked, chipped, and missing teeth.


According to Dr. Mary Stonisch from Faircourt Dental Smile Studio, ancient civilizations would do almost anything for the perfect smile.

Etruscans and Cosmetic Dentistry

Ivory and bone replaced missing teeth. The Etruscans also made dentures from animal or human teeth. Human teeth were either sold by a live donor, or taken from dead bodies. Of course, this practice caused smelly teeth, and would deteriorate quickly.

The Ancient Egyptians

While the Etruscans used human or animal teeth, the Egyptians used seashells to replace missing teeth. The Egyptians were also fond of whitening teeth with vinegar and pumice stones.

The Romans

The Romans loved white teeth, so much so that they used urine as a tooth-whitening product. This nauseating treatment actually worked because urine contains ammonia and naturally whitens teeth.

The Ancient Mayans

Early cosmetic dentistry was in full swing during Mayan times. Early cosmetic dentists had skill and precision. So much so that they were able to hallow out the fronts of teeth placing gems and precious stones in the holes. This ancient practice is similar to what is known as, “Bling,” today.

Prosthetic Dentistry in the 1700’s and 1800’s

The first porcelain dentures were made around the middle of the 1800’s; however, they did not become popular in the US until the early 1900’s.

If you would like more information regarding modern cosmetic dental procedures, call and schedule and appointment with Dr. Mary Stonisch and her team. You’ll be amazed at how far cosmetic dentistry has come.

Call and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Faircourt Dental Smile Studio today.