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Orthodontics Through the Ages


Your teeth are the guardians of your health. They are one of the first lines of achieving the best possible you, not only from dazzling people with a scintillating smile but straight teeth, don’t cause the physical pain and headaches that crooked teeth do. Additionally, the ability to chew your food properly makes a huge difference in your gut health. Chewing your food properly aids in smooth digestion and nutrient absorption. Orthodontics seeks to improve the quality of your teeth by aligning them properly.

Since ancient times, it’s been known that people with good teeth have an advantage of good health. The first known rudiments of orthodontics were discovered by archaeologists, that date back to 300 BC, in Etruscans burial sites. Romans had devices to remove spaces between teeth. Egyptians had animal intestines wrapped around their teeth. But it wasn’t until 1728, when Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist, wrote about book about straightening teeth and pulling bicuspids to diminish teeth from crowding.

In 1819, the first wire crib was created. This grill had precious metals and steel as well as gum rubber.   Rubber bands were added in 1850. And not much changed for many years in the construction. Over the years, there have been cosmetic changes. For example, in the 1960’s gold braces gained popularity.

But it wasn’t until recently, that Orthodontics changed.  Now it is a separate career field and science from dentistry. Although, many dentists can take a weekend course in straightening teeth. A licensed orthodontist has more extensive training and knowledge. The schooling involves surgery as well as knowledge in CAD and other areas that apply only to orthodontics.

Now, with digital x-rays and 3D dental imaging orthodontists to get an immediate look at the digital image. This is a comprehensive look at the structure of the mouth. This digital image and CAD/CAM and robotic wire-bending technology provide the orthodontist with better precision in placing the devices.

At one time, it was thought that orthodontics was just for children in grade and middle school. How many school pictures, had a row of kids with shiny grilled teeth smiling at the camera. Seventy-five percent of orthodontic patients are still under the age of 18, However, even in your 50’s, 60’s or 70’s, Orthodontics and the possibility of straighter teeth and better health can be in your range. In fact, sometimes a bit of remedial orthodontics can help, even when you had braces when you were younger.

To know more about Colorado Orthodontics, contact your dentist today.