Orthodontics: A Timeless Practice That’s Better Than Ever
The dental specialty of orthodontics practiced at Orthodontics, Inc. utilizes modern, state-of-the-art techniques and technology to create beautiful, long-lasting smiles. But orthodontics is actually one of the oldest specialties in dentistry, with a history dating back to ancient times. Here are a few fun facts about the history of orthodontics.
The use of braces, which still remains one of the most common methods of straightening teeth, apparently dates all the way back to tens of thousands of years ago. It’s been reported that archeologists discovered metal bands around the teeth of mummies. The Egyptians are said to have used catgut to secure those bands in place. The ancient Greeks reportedly used gold bands to fix crooked teeth. As a matter of fact, the word orthodontics comes from the Greek language, with “ortho” meaning straight or correct, and “dont” representing the tooth.
The first use of dental impressions is dated back to the 17th Century, with tools and appliances used to straighten teeth appearing in the 18th Century. Following more significant advances in devices in the 19th Century, the real breakthrough came in the 20th Century, when dentist Edward Hartley Angle pioneered the practice of modern orthodontics by identifying the main issues of tooth misalignment and addressing these issues in treatment. The practice of anchoring brackets to crooked teeth started sometime in the early 1970s, and soon gold and silver brackets were replaced by stainless steel for its durability. Lingual braces, which are worn on the inside of the teeth instead of the outside for cosmetic purposes, also came into use in the 1970s.
Today’s orthodontics uses advances including digital X-rays and 3D imaging to make the fit and function of our treatments even more precise and comfortable than in the past. Achieving a healthy, radiant smile is more convenient than ever before. Please contact our specialist at Orthodontics, Inc. for more information about our services and to schedule an appointment.