Find out about the makeover braces have received over the years from your Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist.
It seems that for centuries people have been trying to obtain the perfect smile. Desiring straighter smiles has been around since the ancient Egyptians. While the teeth-straightening methods were different around the globe, they all had one very similar purpose in mind—to give people a straighter set of teeth.
The Beginning of Braces
The American Association of Orthodontists reported that orthodontics have been in practice as early as 1,000 BC. Archaeologists found Greek and Etruscan orthodontic-like appliances that showed that dental cosmetics were particularly important during this time period.
Romans also began to try their hand at teeth straightening. In fact, they even designed a device that looks similar to modern-day braces. Again archaeologists excavated burial sites and found that many skeletons possessed gold wires that were attached to brackets. The gold wire was used to keep the teeth from moving and shifting out of proper alignment.
The First Braces Invented
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the word “braces” was even used. However, while the term “braces” was now being thrown about, the device itself didn’t look the same as the braces we’ve come to know today. In the early 20th century, dentists would actually wrap each individual tooth with a band. These bands were connected by a wire, which was adjusted accordingly to apply force to the teeth to slowly shift them back into place.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that braces got a significant makeover. During this time, dental adhesives were invented, which were used to adhere brackets to teeth. Now dentists didn’t have to wrap each individual tooth. Also, braces were being created primarily with stainless steel rather than gold or silver, which make the treatment less costly.
Even the ccept of invisible braces was being toyed with in the 70s. However, it wasn’t until 1997 that invisible braces received the focus and acknowledgment that it deserved. With the birth of Invisalign—the clear removable retainers that straighten teeth—a new form of orthodontics was born.
From traditional metal braces to clear aligners, such as Invisalign, your Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist, Dr. Chris Wermerson, is sure you will find an orthodontic treatment to fit your needs and lifestyle. We would be happy to sit down for a consultation to see what could benefit your smile the most.
Call Dr. Wermerson in Sioux Falls, SD, at (605) 274-0555 to schedule your next appointment with us.