The quest for a straighter smile may seem to be a modern trend, but archaeologists have found evidence of orthodontic appliances on Egyptian mummies. The Ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans all practiced some form of orthodontics and Hippocrates wrote about tooth irregularities in 400 BC.
After this period, orthodontic developments stalled until the 18th century when Pierre Fauchard, who is often considered to be the ‘Father’ of dentistry developed a horse-shoe shaped appliance made from a strip of metal with holes that fitted around the teeth to correct their alignment. Fauchard also developed an operation to forcibly realign teeth. In the 19th century there were significant improvements in the practice of orthodontics in the United States, with the invention of headgear fastened to the jaw from the outside of the mouth.
However, it wasn’t until the 1880 when Edward Hartley Angle, who is largely considered to be the ‘Father’ of modern orthodontics began developing increasingly effective orthodontic appliances. In the 1970s new dental adhesives were developed that could fix the brackets onto teeth, replacing gold and silver with stainless steel. These innovations helped to reduce the cost of orthodontics.
Since then, orthodontics has evolved significantly, using the most up-to-date technologies including CADCAM design. Modern orthodontics can provide safe, predictable treatment outcomes, effectively repositioning teeth in a manner that is more comfortable and often faster than before.
Choosing The Right Dental Brace
Four of the most popular systems used today to straighten teeth in Dubai include Invisalign, Incognito, Ceramic Braces and Metallic Braces. Depending on your dental concerns, lifestyle and budget, an experienced and skilled orthodontist can help you to choose the right brace for your smile.