Ever wonder how there came to be these great doctors we like to call orthodontists? Curious about how the greats like Dr. Nick came to be? Well go ahead and brace yourself (pun intended) for this brief history on orthodontics. We all know that Dr. Nick grew up in Hamilton and was educated at McMaster University and Penn State University, but who paved the way for him to create the beautiful smiles he does today? Let’s find out!
Turns out that a beautiful and healthy smile is a desired quality that goes back thousands of years! According to the American Association of Orthodontists archaeologists have discovered mummified humans with metal bands wrapped around each tooth. Here are some names you might recognize; in 400-500 BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle both pondered ways to straighten teeth while fixing multiple dental conditions.
Important Figures In Orthodontics
There have been several figures that have contributed to what we now know as orthodontics. It was in 1728 that a French dentist by the name of Pierre Fauchard published a book with an entire chapter dedicated to the straightening of teeth. Fauchard was known for using a device called the “Bandeau” which was a horseshoe shaped metal, which expanded the arch of the mouth.
Many figures have been called “The Father of Orthodontics” including Fauchard and it is true that many made contributions to get us to the technological advances we have today. In America in the early 1900s was when Edward H. Angle created the first simple classification system for malocclusions, which is still used today.
Early forms of metal braces that were used by orthodontists were made of anything from gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber and a substance called vulcanite. It was around 1929 when the American Board of Orthodontics that stainless steel was widely available however it wasn’t commonly used for orthodontic braces until around the 1950s.
In the 1970s that orthodontic braces continued to wrap completely around the teeth. We have since moved to traditional metal braces, ceramic or lingual braces and now even Invisalign as an option for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic advancements are far from over as orthodontists continue to make new discoveries and create new technologies.
Are You A Candidate For Orthodontic Treatment?
If you think that you or your child may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment we encourage you to browse the remainder of our website for more information or simply contact us. Our friendly staff at our Hamilton and Oakville offices are always happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in booking an appointment. We hope to see you in our office soon!