How Did Orthodontics Get Started?
Your straight and beautiful smile may be something you take for granted unless you went through orthodontic treatment. Did you know that even before braces were invented, perfectly aligned teeth were the goal of ancient Egyptians and early Greeks and Romans?
The Arrival of Braces in the World of Dentistry
While they weren't called braces until the early 1900's, dentists began using different appliances and the concept of braces in the early 1800's.
- In 1819 the first "wire crib" was invented by Christophe-Francois Delabarre. The wire crib was shaped like a half circle and placed directly on the teeth to improve and keep them in alignment.
- In 1843 Dr. Edward Maynard started using gum ...