A Historical Snapshot of Orthodontics

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Though orthodontics may seem relatively modern, the truth is that its roots tie back to ancient Egypt. When we define orthodontics as any technique designed to alter the position of crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, we know

Archeologists have discovered crude metal bands around the teeth of some Egyptian mummies. It is believed that catgut may have been tied to these bands to provide the pressure necessary to shift them into position. Ancient Greeks, Etruscans and Romans also practiced crude forms of orthodontics.

In 1728, a revived interest in orthodontics began to develop. Pierre Fauchard, a Frenchman often considered the Father of Dentistry, invented an appliance called a bandeau. This was a horseshoe shaped strip of metal with strategically placed holes which fit around teeth to correct their alignment. Fauchard also performed surgery to forcibly realign crooked teeth. In the 18th and 19th centuries, others in France, America and other parts of the world slowly made contributions to advancing the field.

Around 1880, a man called Edward Hartley Angle was able to identify the properties of a malocclusion, or a misalignment of the teeth and jaw. He addressed them with increasingly effectual orthodontic appliances. Angle is considered to be the Father of Modern Orthodontics or the first modern orthodontist.

Since then, braces have gradually become lighter, more convenient and faster than ever. Stainless steel has replaced gold and silver and products like ceramic braces, lingual braces and clear aligners make orthodontic treatment more aesthetic and efficient.

If you would like to receive orthodontic treatment, you can call 470-440-7330 to speak to a member of Dr. Arjun Patel’s staff at Quest Orthodontics in Atlanta, Georgia. We are committed to the health and beauty of your smile.