Sarasota Dental Arts

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 elastics to correct jaw alignment.
  • In 1893 Henry A. Baker combined both the wire crib and the elastics into one orthodontic procedure.

In the 1900's, the dawn of bracing each tooth arrived. However, it looked very different from the braces we have today. A metal material was wrapped around each tooth and connected by a wire. The materials used varied from copper, wood, ivory, or zinc.

The next significant breakthrough in the world of orthodontics didn't occur until the 1970's when adhesive was used to attach brackets directly to teeth. At this same time, the idea of invisible braces began to emerge, but wouldn't be perfected until 1997.

Today's Modern Braces

Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth combined their knowledge and ideas to create the first clear aligner system that utilized 3D technology to design clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth. This system is known as Invisalign today and became available to the public in 2000. Invisalign is widely used by dentists and orthodontists around the world to help patients comfortably and discreetly straighten their teeth.

If you would like to determine if Invisalign is an option for you, contact Dr. Kaya Aygen, your dentist in Sarasota today to schedule your consultation.