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Orthodontic Fact #11 “In 1000 BC, the ancient Greeks fashioned a catgut or metal strips with goat or sheep intestines to correct teeth deformities. Be thankful that you are living in the 21st century.”

If you’ve ever wanted a reason to be grateful for the time you live in, then check this out: In 1000 BC, the ancient Greeks fashioned a catgut or metal strips with goat or sheep intestines to correct teeth deformities. Imagine having that in your mouth for months! Today’s modern braces offer a number of advantages the ancient Greeks didn’t…

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Orthodontic Fact #10 The first ever certified orthodontist in the United States is Dr. Charles Tweed from the late 18th century.

Old-Fashioned Orthodontic Treatments for Crooked Teeth You may think that orthodontic treatments are a new way of caring for teeth, but the first orthodontist was Dr. Charles Tweed. He helped to revolutionize the repair of malocclusions of the teeth and abnormalities of the jaw many years ago. While patients had few choices available concerning the variety of braces placed on…

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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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Orthodontic Fact #5 Improve your dental health in style. Many teens today fashion their dental braces with colored bands and brackets. Braces are now worn as a fashion statement

Dental braces can put the finishing touch on a person’s sense of style. For many teens today, getting fitted with wires and brackets provides the chance to make a fashion statement by maximizing their distinctive dental look. Although some prefer to get Invisalign treatment, which is clear and almost impossible for observers to see, other teens choose the flashiest colors…

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Orthodontic Fact #4 Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to lose all your teeth before you get braces. In fact, treatments can start at the young age of 7

There is the common misconception that a child needs to lose all of his or her baby teeth before the use of traditional metal braces is possible. It is true that orthodontists used to recommend that orthodontic treatment begin when the child is a teenager. However, this is no longer the case. It is now possible for children as young…

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Orthodontic Fact #3 Here’s a fun fact: All orthodontists are dentists, but only 5 percent of dentists are orthodontists. Confusing, isn’t it?

If you’ve never previously considered orthodontic work, you might be confused when the time comes to visit an orthodontist. Why can’t you just get the same thing done at the dentist? Can’t they take care of all your needs concerning your teeth? Here’s a fun fact: all orthodontists are dentists, but only 5% of dentists are orthodontists. How does that…

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Orthodontic Fact #2 A brace is one type of dental appliance that an orthodontist can use depending on the patient’s needs. Other appliances may be suggested to treat a specific jaw or mouth deformity.

Braces are only one type of appliance an orthodontist may use on a patient’s teeth. They are used to straighten teeth and help with a misaligned bite, for example an overbite. They are most often made of metal. The metal brackets are bonded to the patient’s affected teeth and wires are used to connect the brackets. The wires are tightened…

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