Orthodontics, which is the branch of dentistry focused on straightening teeth, dates back all the way to ancient Egypt. Luckily for us, the methods of aligning teeth have vastly improved. We even have orthodontic options today that can align teeth with complete discretion. If you’re looking for a straighter, more beautiful smile, JL Dental is your premiere Arnold Orthodontist, and we have great options for you!
The History of Orthodontics
While we know that ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans all practiced forms of orthodontia, straightening teeth really didn’t take off until the 1700’s when Pierre Fauchard invented an appliance called the bandeau. This was a u-shaped metal appliance that fit around the teeth and attached to them to correct their alignment.
Orthodontics really made progress during the 1800’s when J.S. Gunnell invented the first headgear, which fastened outside of the mouth to apply pressure to the teeth. In 1880, Edward Hartley Angle identified the true properties of misalignment and used effective orthodontic appliances similar to what we use today to address the issues. He is considered the “Father of Modern Orthodontics.”
In the 1970’s, the invention of dental adhesives revolutionized orthodontics because brackets could now be glued to each tooth, instead of being attached with a wire wrapped around the tooth. During this time stainless steel replaced gold as the metal of choice for wires, which significantly reduced the cost of orthodontics and made it more accessible to the masses.
Modern orthodontics has achieved great things, and now besides using traditional metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth, we also have the option to use removable clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible apply gentle pressure and gradually move teeth.
This system is called Clear Correct, and it’s revolutionized orthodontics, offering busy adult and teenage patients an effective option for straightening their teeth with the utmost discretion. There are no dietary restrictions or changes to your home care routine with Clear Correct since aligners are removable, and most cases can be completed in 12-18 months.
At JL Dental, Drs. Laura and Jonathon Mears can help you achieve the healthy, straight smile you want. We can determine which type of orthodontics is right for your needs with a thorough examination, x-rays, and photos of your teeth. We’ll create a treatment plan that will have you smiling freely in no time.
If you’ve considered straightening your teeth, we encourage you to contact us today and learn more about the possibilities for your dream smile!