Some Fun Facts About History and Advances in Orthodontics



At the office of Orthodontics, Inc. we use only the most up-to-date techniques, technologies, and materials to deliver state-of-the-art results. Yet, we’re quite well-versed in the history of our profession, or the “roots” of orthodontics, if you will.


For our patients and soon-to-be patients, here are some fun facts to enjoy about the history of orthodontics:


  • The word orthodontics comes from the Greek language, with “ortho” meaning straight or correct, and “dont” representing the tooth.

  • The earliest mention of dental irregularities is credited to Hippocrates in about 400 BC, according to The History of Orthodontics.

  • Orthodontic work that resembles today’s practices was first done in Europe, chiefly in France, in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • The accidental discovery of X-rays by Bavarian physics professor Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 substantially increased the accuracy of orthodontic treatments.

  • Dentist Edward Hartley Angle is credited with being the “father of modern orthodontics,” founding a school to teach this specialty in St. Louis, Missouri, in the early 20th century.

  • The thin metal wires used in today’s orthodontics were invented for NASA’s space program.

  • Braces will not set off the metal detectors at an airport or other public government buildings. No need to be concerned with being stopped by security.

  • All orthodontists are dentists, but only six percent of dentists have completed the additional schooling necessary to specialize in moving teeth and aligning jaws.

  • Digital technologies in imaging, computer modeling and three-D printing are creating even greater accuracy for diagnoses and laboratory fabrication.


While the methods in the field of orthodontics have changed a lot over the years, our commitment at the office of Orthodontics, Inc. has remained the same. We specialize in state-of-the-art treatments that provide radiant, healthy, long-lasting smiles that will feel comfortable and function as beautifully as they look. Please contact the office today to schedule an appointment.


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