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Archive for March, 2016

Orthodontic Fact #9 Irregularities of the teeth is one of the earliest writings about dental deformities, written by Hippocrates in 400 BC

Who was Hippocrates and How Did He Understand Misalignments of the Teeth? Hippocrates was a physician in ancient Greece who wrote about orthodontic deformities to help inform other individuals. Long ago, there were few treatments available to correct teeth irregularities such as overcrowding or wide spaces. Fortunately, you can visit an orthodontist today to learn about treatments such as Invisalign…

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Orthodontic Fact #8 Statistically speaking, over 1 million Americans over the age of 18 consult orthodontic clinics to help align their teeth

Braces are not just for kids! Contrary to popular belief, many adults get orthodontic evaluations to find out if treatment is recommended. Problems range from teeth that are misaligned or missing to an overbite or underbite, along with other dental issues. Although more children are being fitted with dental appliances than ever before, those over the age of eighteen also…

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Orthodontic Fact #7 Some dental wires used in dental braces are activated by body heat and were developed by NASA

Are people really walking around with space vehicle parts in their mouths? Well, sort of. Nitinol, a metal alloy made of nickel and titanium, was originally developed for use in the aerospace industry. It wasn’t really originally developed at NASA, but rather the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oaks, Maryland. Eventually, NASA found some use for it in spacecraft manufacturing….

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Orthodontic Fact #6 The first braces were of a piece of flat metal in 1720.

Align and straighten. That’s exactly what dental braces have been designed to do. In fact, the first pair were invented in the early 1700s, consisting only a piece of flat metal connected to the patient’s teeth by using several pieces of thread. Talk about a rustic look. Orthodontics has advanced significantly during that time, and today, achieving a healthy, Hollywood…

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