A Brief History of Orthodontics


Many of us equate having braces right along with one of the rituals of being a teenager that started in the mid 1900’s. The history of creating that perfect smile can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Today we find that the field of orthodontics has morphed substantially over the last quarter century.
By using 3D dental imaging, orthodontists are now able to get a more detailed structure of the mouth along with being able to have immediate access to the images. This all has made the process from the first exam to placing the braces more streamlined.

Even fashioning the braces has become much easier. Eliminating manually creating teeth impressions the old gooey way has been replaced with the 3D dental imaging. This drastically decreases the number of fit issues with the braces as the orthodontist can more accurately view the patient’s mouth.

Robotic wire bending technology and CAD / CAM used in combination with the 3D scanner makes placing the brackets and wires more precise. This is especially true with lingual braces that are adhered to the backs of the teeth.

Options for braces has also increased. Today metal braces that adhere to the front of the teeth are still the most common treatment but additional options such as ceramic braces and the lingual braces discussed earlier are frequently used when patients are concerned about how noticeable they will be.

In addition, CAD/CAM and robotic wire bending technology used in combination with the digital scanner allows the orthodontist to be more precise in the position of the brackets and wires, especially with lingual braces where they are adhered to the backs of the teeth.

To learn more, contact us at The Family Dental Center and schedule a time with Dr. Dawn Stultz, DDS, MS. Call 319-351-3414 or stop by our office at 2781 Oakdale Blvd, Suite 3, Coralville, IA 5224.

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