Braces have been around for quite a long time. Whether you know braces as a band of metal wires that are wrapped around your teeth, or the clear braces like Invisalign, braces have been through a lot of changes. At Katz Dentistry our dentists know about the time where braces were even more different.
Braces have been used throughout history for cosmetic and restorative purposed to fix problems with teeth and help to make sure that your teeth are aligned. Our team is going to take you through the history of braces so you can see how they have changed and will likely continue to change as time goes on.
The First Braces
The first braces were found in ancient Egypt and have been found on mummies. They were made from animal skin corps and attached to teeth, in the same way that one of our modern-day dentists would attach braces. More braces and mouthguard-like devices from Greece and Italy were found as well, and they kept a patient's teeth from collapsing.
During the time of the Romans, they began to experiment with dentures and other devices to straighten out teeth. Sadly, instead of using the wires and brackets to move the teeth into the desired position, Roman doctors would use their own strength to push or pull the teeth into position over time and boy did that hurt!
The Braces of the Renaissance
Two dentists, Pierre Fauchard and Pierre Bordet began writing books and studying all about the teeth and the mouth. They created the first working prototype of braces that acted like a mouthguard and was designed to keep your teeth in their same position. Pierre Bordet would later expand on this and improve the device. He also discovered that you could remove the wisdom teeth in the back of the mouth to stop crowding and crooked teeth in adults.
The Term Braces Gets Used
Three different dentists improved upon the same set of braces during 1819, 1843, and 1846 to make braces comfortable and able to keep both the teeth and the jaw in place. They also began calling the devices ‘braces’. There was just one problem, the braces needed to have teeth get removed in order to work.
Most dentists still believed that you needed to remove teeth in order to strengthen them. Therefore, you would need to make some space in your mouth to have the rest of your teeth aligned properly. We now know today that is not the case.
New Age Braces
Within the 20th century, most of those myths about braces were removed and we got to the braces that we place on our teeth today. Today, we are able to provide a type of braces for your teeth that are virtually unnoticeable, less expensive, and take less time to straighten your teeth. This type of brace is called Invisalign.
If you are thinking about getting braces, you should consider Invisalign®. Our dentists at Katz Dentistry are ready to help start your journey to a straighter smile with Invisalign. We can also answer any questions you might have regarding Invisalign if you call us at 737-237-0677 so we can schedule your appointment today.
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