Smile confidence is essential for your quality of life. If you want to have positive interactions with your neighbors, friends, and co-workers, model the right behavior for your children, and just feel good yourself, smiling is important. When you smile, you release endorphins, and you put others at ease. You make an impression that can get you the job, or a promotion. You even stand to have better luck in romance if you have a nice-looking, warm, bright, confident smile. For some people, feeling comfortable to smile freely requires cosmetic dental work. The Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group, would like to challenge you to a quiz on cosmetic dentistry.


Q1. True or false – Upon the original invention, porcelain veneers were attached by denture adhesive.

Q2. True or false – George Washington’s dentures were made out of wood.

Q3. True or false – Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic dental procedure.

Q4. True or false – Teeth whitening can actually take years off of your appearance.


A1. TRUE – When originally invented by a California dentist, veneers utilized the same adhesive method as dentures, which meant they were only a temporary fix. In fact, their main use during their advent was in films and television shows to help actors temporarily change their appearance to play a particular character.

A2. FALSE – George Washington had two pairs of very expensive “false” teeth that were loaned to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. The dentures were made out of hippopotamus ivory. Unfortunately, they were stolen before they could be exhibited.

A3. TRUE – Whitening teeth is one of the most common and popular cosmetic procedures. Other cosmetic dental treatments include bonding, crowns/caps, porcelain veneers, dental contouring, gum lifts, and complete smile makeovers.

A4. TRUE – Teeth age naturally as we get older. The stains of coffee, tobacco products, dark foods, and simple time will cause your teeth to become dull and more yellow in their tint. If you want a cosmetic procedure that requires no surgery, and can be done in as little as two hours, in-office teeth bleaching with laser light is a great option. We can also send you home with an at-home whitening kit that you administer on your own, if that suits you better.

Visit your Riverside Dentists

If you are in need of a consultation for a comprehensive dentistry services, contact your Riverside dentists. We can provide you with x-rays, cleanings, exams, or meet any of your other comprehensive dentistry needs. Whether you are interested in preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry services, we have you covered. We can also meet your orthodontic needs. Call our 92504 dentist office at (951) 689-5031 for all of your dental care needs.