Some of the most interesting and uncommon facts about orthodontics

The world of orthodontics holds some surprisingly interesting facts and trivia (trust us!) Read on to find out how NASA played a part in brace hardware and where braces originally came from….

The wires for braces were originally created by…. NASA!

Nickel titanium is commonly used for the wires that make up part of a brace’s brace hardware, but more interestingly, it was NASA who originally developed the nickel titanium alloy for use in the space program!

All orthodontists are actually dentists!

All orthodontists are required to complete full training as a dentist before embarking upon further training lasting two-three years, to become orthodontists. On the other hand, only 6% of dentists are orthodontists.

Orthodontics can be dated back to the times of the Ancient Egyptians

The first brace models did not emerge until the 18th century, there is evidence to prove that the desire for straight teeth began around the time of the ancient Egyptians. Archaeologists have discovered mummies with cords made from animal intestines wrapped around their teeth, which is the design basis for modern braces. It is believed this was an attempt at straightening misaligned teeth.

Braces date back nearly 300 years

The  first proper brace models were designed by Pierre Fauchard who is also known as the Father of Dentistry. The braces he created were made of a flat metal material connected to the teeth via a thin thread. Edward Angle continued the work of Pierre Fauchard in the 20th century by introducing more modern appliances with brace hardware like brackets, enabling him to address more complex alignment issues.

Retainers are just as important as braces

Many people do not understand the significance of retainers and neglect to wear them once the brace-wearing period is over. This results in the teeth shifting back into their original position and patients efforts during the brace-wearing period end up going to waste. Don’t forget, retainers are key!

Braces have taken the celebrity world by storm

Since the inception of lighter, more comfortable, more aesthetic brace models, many celebrities have taken to wearing braces in public and even on the red carpet. Names like Kathy Bates, Niall Horan, Justin Bieber, Eva Longoria and Tom Cruise have openly expressed how braces have helped them on a journey to a more aesthetic smile.

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