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Braces have been found to date back to ancient times in Egyptian and Roman societies and different philosophers’ findings. The evolution of orthodontics has progressed into the teeth straightening methods we use today. Ramsay Orthodontics wants to help you give your best and straightest smile as well as some history on the origins of orthodontics.

Archaeologists have discovered in Egyptian mummies a form of braces using metal bands or animal intestines tied around the teeth, used to put pressure on the teeth. This was especially significant in their passing into the afterlife with a straighter smile. Romans attempted using a dental device made of gold wire, or using their fingers to put pressure on teeth to move.

Dental research needed to be done in order to revolutionize braces. In 1728, Pierre Fauchard’s book, The Surgeon Dentist (Le Chirurgien Dentiste) wrote one of the first books on dentistry, and it included information on a “Bandeau.” This iron device was used to expand the arch in the mouth, which was later perfected by Louis Bourdet in 1754.

In 1819, the first wire crib was invented by Christophe-Francois Delabarre, followed by Edward Maynard’s invention of gum elastics for jaw alignment in 1843. Over the course of the next century, these were adjusted using different materials and structure as well as additional devices being made and used such as dental dams, X-rays to examine underneath the gums, and the term braces.

In the 1970s, the largest breakthrough for dental braces was adhesive that could be used to apply brackets directly onto the teeth. Gold and silver was replaced by stainless steel, which was much more flexible and easy to adjust. Before, only people who had the money for gold and silver braces could obtain straighter teeth.

Today, braces are an affordable and routine dental technique to better your smile. Get a straighter smile with our team here at Ramsay Orthodontics here in Austin, Texas. Call us today at 512-346-1384!