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The changing face of braces

Braces have become increasingly popular in recent years, with the preconception that they’re just for teenagers being very much a thing of the past. Innovations in dentistry mean there are a number of unobtrusive, quick, ‘invisible’ orthodontic options available today, but we humans have been concerned with the look and functionality of our teeth long before these developments came into play. As you can imagine, early teeth straightening methods are a far cry from the slick technology we have on offer today, but you can’t help but we impressed by the ingenuity on display in some of these examples:

Ancient Greece and Rome

Apparently Aristotle and Hippocrates had knocked around ideas for straightening teeth even as far back as 400 and 300 BC and archaeologists have proof that the Etruscans used appliances to maintain spaces and prevent collapses of teeth. Also in a Roman tomb a dental device was found along with documentation on how to use it.

18th Century France

Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist in the 18th century who is considered the father of modern dentistry, wrote a book in 1728 about methods for straightening teeth. He also was known to use a device called “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.

19th Century

It wasn’t until the 19th century though that Orthodontics as a separate dental specialty was defined. The term orthodontia was first used in 1841 by Joachim Lafoulon. In 1819 the first wire crib was used and this is the time that materials like precious metals, steel, gum rubber and vulcanite were used to create loops, hooks, spurs and ligatures to straighten teeth.

In addition, the first gum elastics were used by Edward Maynard in 1843 and E.J. Tucker first used rubber bands for braces in 1850.

20th Century

Edward Angle founded in the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s. Angle also developed the first classification system for malocclusions.

By the 1960s gold was a popular material choice for braces. Before the 1970s, braces were wrapped around the teeth, but by the mid-70s, orthodontist began directly adhering the brackets to the teeth, and lingual braces where the braces are adhered to the back of the teeth were started to be used a lot.

Orthodontics Today

Today with all the advances in modern orthodontics, you have so many more options than ever before. Metal braces adhered to the front of the teeth is still the most common treatment, but for people who are concerned about the braces being noticeable, there are a number of other options available:

Invisalign:

Invisalign is an effective, practical orthodontic treatment suitable for patients of all ages. The system uses custom-made aligners to move teeth over a short period of time, creating beautiful, straight smiles.

Invisalign is great because the aligners are practically invisible, comfortable, removable, there is no metal involved and no painful adjustments.

Inman Aligner:

The Inman Aligner is a revolutionary orthodontic appliance that straightens teeth in a matter of weeks.

The system is unlike other orthodontic treatments because it is removable, discreet and extremely quick at straightening teeth. Many people have described the Inman Aligner as a perfect combination of fixed braces and Invisalign.

Though the Inman Aligner is not invisible like Invisalign, it is much more discreet than conventional fixed braces. The system includes a coiled spring situated on the back of the front teeth and a metal bar that is placed across the front. The appliance is removable and can be taken out to eat, drink and brush your teeth.

Quick Straight Teeth:

Quick Straight Teeth is an amazing fixed brace system that straightens teeth in only six months.

It is understandable to question how results can be achieved in only six months, when most other fixed brace systems take at least twelve months to realign teeth. The answer is that Quick Straight Teeth braces focus on the teeth made apparent when you smile. The braces have been created in accordance with the most advanced technology and use non-friction, titanium memory wires to guide teeth into position quickly and gently.

If you’d like to find out how we can help you transform your smile, get in touch today to book a consultation.

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