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How Have Braces Changed Over Time

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How Have Braces Changed Over Time

Most people are surprised to know that orthodontic treatment started as early as 1000 BC. Braces as we know them were first developed in the 1800s. Today, your orthodontist can fit braces that make the correction of your teeth comfortable and efficient. This makes it easier for you to achieve a healthy straight smile. In order to appreciate how far braces treatment has come, let’s look at the past and the evolution of braces.

Evolution Of Braces

According to the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, the first form of braces was discovered in Egyptian mummies over 50,000 years ago. The braces in those times looked like crude metal bands wrapped around the teeth of the patients. The metal bands were kept in position by use of a natural animal fiber cord.

In 400 BC, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the correction of teeth irregularities. At almost the same time, women from Etruscan were fitted with gold bands on their teeth after death, which preserved the positioning of the teeth.

The 18th century saw the father of Dentistry- Pierre Fauchard from France use a blandeau. This horseshoe-shaped metal strip had evenly spaced holes. It was used around the patient’s teeth to adjust the teeth alignment. He also used surgery to force teeth into a new position by tying one teeth to another.

Edward Maynard and E.J. Tucker invented gum elastics and rubber bands in 1843 and 1850 respectively. Edward Angle invented brackets, which were used to attach the bands positioned on the teeth.

Notable changes in the evolution of Braces

Today braces have really changed and the drastic differences between the earlier braces and today’s orthodontic treatment are obvious. Below are some notable changes in the evolution of braces.

  • Use of new metal technology

Many orthodontists use nickel-titanium alloy wires, which provide gradual and constant force to your teeth at room temperature. For wires used in earlier generations, they had to be constantly stretched. However, the nickel-titanium wires provide gentle pressure without the need for stretching. Such wires are more comfortable and last longer which reduces the number of visits patients have to see their orthodontists.

  • Better bonding techniques

The first modern braces were wrapped with wires around the patient’s teeth. At the time, bonding techniques were not strong enough to fasten wires to the front of the teeth. The wires were tightened to adjust the teeth overtime. This was not only an unpleasant experience but a painful one too. In the 1970s there were several breakthroughs in dentistry. One important discovery was the use of dental adhesives. The use of the adhesives at the front of the teeth made getting braces easier and less painful. This also reduced the number of visits patients with braces had to make to their orthodontists.

  • Better options for those who want aesthetically pleasing braces

The demand from patients and new technology has allowed new options for the style-conscious patient.  Today you can opt to have gold colored braces, silver braces, braces that have the same color as your teeth, brackets that have fun shapes, lingual braces that are behind your teeth, tiny brackets, brackets that need not have wires for holding them or you can choose to have no braces on your teeth. The rubber bands are also available in more than 20 different colors and patients can choose a colour they like.

  • Invisalign

Invisalign braces are clear and almost invisible. This technology was created by Align technology in 1997 and approved in 1998 by FDA. Zia Chishti who was a graduate at Stanford University discovered this concept despite not having any dental background.

In this form of treatment, you do not need brackets or wires and this option is the best for patients who are self-conscious. The concept uses a 3D imaging software to map out the patient’s mouth and create aligners that are customized to the person’s teeth. The aligners transform the wearers smile just like braces but without the need to tighten the wires or the need to have a mouth full of metal. Invisalign is now available to the public since 2000. Its popularity has grown and it can be considered as the new standard for patients seeking healthy and straight teeth.

Why Visit Vita Dental In Spring For Your Orthodontic Treatment

If you live in Spring Texas or you reside near Spring Texas do not worry about where you can get the best orthodontic treatment. At Vita Dental, we provide the best possible orthodontic treatment for you and your family.

Our orthodontists are friendly and highly qualified. They have fitted numerous patients with braces and other orthodontic treatments. They ensure you go home with a brighter, healthy, and straight smile.

At Vita Dental, we also offer Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth. If you have minor tooth complications our orthodontists will check your teeth if they are the best candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Do not worry about the cost as our rates are affordable and we accept most of the commercial insurances. Book an appointment with us or visit us at Spring Texas to receive the best orthodontic care.