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Brief History of Braces

Brief History of Braces

Orthodontic technology might seem like a feature of the modern age, but straightening teeth has actually been practiced in one form or another for thousands of years. Here is a brief look at the history of orthodontics.

Ancient Teeth Straightening

Mummies have been found with simple versions of orthodontics, including metal bands and gold wires. In depth writings about teeth straightening by ancient Greeks have also been found. Furthermore, writings on orthodontic techniques involving finger pressure have been uncovered in various locations around the world. Beyond those early options, orthodontics doesn’t appear to have advanced further until the 18th century.

Orthodontic Renaissance

A dentist published a book on teeth straightening in the 1700s that discussed using bands of precious metal for arch expansion. Teeth crowding was beginning to be resolved with extraction of rear molars. Finally, early wire-based orthodontics emerged in the early 1800s, and rubber bands were used to bind braces by the mid-1800s.

Modern Orthodontics Begin

The 20th century saw the start of the orthodontic classification system used today. Orthodontics began to involve silver, gold, steel, and platinum. By the 1950s, x-rays were a common tool in orthodontic diagnoses. In the late 20th century, more types of orthodontics were developed, including lingual and self-ligating orthodontics. Finally, Invisalign entered the scene in the late 1990s.

Orthodontics today offers a broad range of options for correcting bite problems more quickly and discreetly than in the past. At a consultation with our dentist Dr. Allen Sanders, you can learn about your options for getting straight teeth and a healthy smile.

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