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The History of Orthodontic Braces

There was a point in time that adults and teenagers shied away from the idea of  orthodontic treatment or having to get braces. However, due to today’s advancements in technology people of all ages are choosing orthodontic treatment to achieve a new and beautiful smile.

Ancient Orthodontics

Ancient Ortho

Did you know that archaeologists have found something similar to braces on ancient mummy remains? Some mummies found had crude metal bands around their teeth, which were believed to provide pressure in order to move teeth. While more modern orthodontic braces were not invented until the 1800’s, people’s preoccupation with aesthetic smiles can be dated  back to the ancient Egyptians. In current times, orthodontists use a variety of techniques like ceramic braces and clear aligners to fix misaligned teeth.

The Basic Invention of Braces

In the 1800s, dentists  created and improved the methods and techniques used to align and straighten teeth.

1819: Christophe-Francois Delabarre invented the very first wire crib.

1843: Dr. Edward Maynard was the very first dentist to use elastics as a technique to improve improper jaw adjustment.

1850: E.J. Tucker elaborated more on Maynard’s idea of gum elastics, and used rubber tubing for small bands that would fit more properly in the mouth.

1893: Henry A. Baker devised a method known as the “Baker anchorage.” This method combined Tucker’s rubber tubing with the wire crib. Which in return, eliminated the need to remove numerous teeth in order for alignment.

1894: Eugene S. Talbot was the first dentist to incorporate X-rays into different types of orthodontic treatment.

The term “braces” wasn‘t coined until the early 1900s and during that time dentists  used a variety of materials such as ivory, copper, zinc, or even wood to align or correct oral problems.  However, the use of gold in early orthodontics became the preferred treatment method.  Gold is soft, and easy to adjust when exposed to heat.  For patients who could not afford gold, their options were limited to silver, ivory or wood, which were much less flexible. 2

Groovy Grills

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In the 1970s, modern orthodontics took a giant leap forward with the adoption and wide-spread use of a dental adhesive which could affix dental brackets directly on the teeth.  Stainless steel brackets became the new standard because of the flexibility of the material and the reduced cost to orthodontists and patients.

Braces Today

Braces are now considered a routine dental procedure for children and adults.  The overall idea of modern day braces is to beautify people’s smiles and to improve their dental hygiene and health. For those who are image conscious, there are more options than ever, including clear braces, and invisible aligners, such as Invisalign.

At Roeder Orthodontics, we use the newest advances in technology for orthodontic treatment including.. Invisalign, Damon Braces, Clarity Clear, and Clarity Braces with Color. Call us today at (828) 274-2500, or stop by our office in Asheville for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Roeder.

Credits and References:

  • 1. Image & Information Courtesy of www.christopherjamesclark.com
  • 2. Timeline Courtesy of www.davidevansdds.com