Braces -Then and Now


Getting braces is like a right of passage for young adults in this 21st century we live in. We all would like a beautiful “Hollywood” smile. Well so did ancient man. Archeologists have discovered mummified ancients with metal bands wrapped around individual teeth. They believe the ancients were trying to do m.t.m. (minor tooth movement) with cat gut like suture strings to close gaps. In 400-500 b.c. it is documented that Aristotle pondered different ways to straighten teeth. Orthodontics truly began developing in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. In 1728, French dentist Pierre Fauchard, who is often credited with inventing modern orthodontics, published a book entitled “The Surgeon Dentist” on methods of straightening teeth.

Braces Then and  Now  

Edward Angle developed the classification system to identify malloclusion in the 20th century. That system is still used by all Orthodontists today to describe crooked teeth. Edward Angle played a huge role in Orthodontics. He founded the first school and college of Orthodontics as well as the American Association of Orthodontics, which Dr. Domann and Dr. Orfanos are both board certified.


Edward Angle

Now that we are not in ancient, medieval or early century times, braces at Town & Country Orthodontics are a lot easier!! What does all this mean for the orthodontic patient of the future? As companies develop more precise, high-tech materials and methods, your braces will be on for a shorter period of time, be smaller and less visible, result in less discomfort, and give great results. We’ve sure come a long way from the wrap-around “metal mouth” — and that’s something we can all smile about!

Actual Patient of Town & Country Orthodontics

Town & Country Orthodontics-Specializing in Smiles 


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