You would be surprised to learn that orthodontic braces date way back to ancient times and are not a product of modern society. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), primitive metal bands have been found wrapped around the teeth of mummies. Later in time around 400 to 500 BC, both Aristotle and Hippocrates thought of different methods that could be used to make teeth straighter.
But despite the discovery of early braces and experimentation done to help straighten teeth, it wasn’t until the 1700s that the practice of orthodontics truly began to progress. In 1728, a French dentist named Pierre Fauchard published a book, which covered methods that could be used to straighten teeth. Later in the early 1800s, Christophe-Francois Delabarre, another French dentist was the first person credited with using a wearable horseshoe-shaped wire crib device that was designed to straighten teeth. And by the 1900s, dentists were using a combination of metal bands wrapped around individual teeth and tension wires to straighten teeth.
Today, it is so common to see people wearing orthodontic braces that are barely noticeable to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles. This is due to considerable advancements in the science of orthodontics that have made braces worn today by children, teens and adults rather inconspicuous and very comfortable. This is due to the fact that modern metal braces today are made of high-grade stainless steel making them smaller, more attractive and more effective than the metal braces used years ago. This is quite the improvement since dentists were using gold, silver, steel, platinum, gum rubber and vulcanite for loops, hooks, spurs and ligatures in the early 20th century. And with the continuing development of high-tech materials, we can expect braces to become much smaller, be worn less and yield greater results in shorter periods of time.
The world of orthodontic care has definitely come far in the last few decades which is something we all can smile about. Visit a Lach Orthodontic Specialists location near you to learn more about the wide-range of advanced, affordable orthodontic treatments available today.