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How Orthodontic Braces Have Developed Over the Years

How Orthodontic Braces Have Developed Over the Years

Orthodontic braces have undergone significant evolution since their inception, which dates back to ancient civilizations, with rudimentary forms of orthodontics documented in ancient Egypt and Greece.

The first modern pair of braces was created by Christophe-Francois Delabarre in 1819. These original braces were composed of a wire ‘crib’ placed directly over the misaligned teeth, in hopes of keeping them in place. 

The first big innovation for modern braces came in 1843 when Dr. Edward Maynard added elastics to the wire to improve alignment and force. Then, another milestone occurred in 1864 when Dr. S.C. Barnum created the modern dental dam, which allowed orthodontists to isolate the area and prevent damage and infection from spreading to the gums.

Braces continued to be tweaked and innovated throughout the next 100 years, with a focus on finding the ideal material. In the early 20th century, orthodontics would use almost anything available, ranging from ivory to gold.

After over a century of experimenting, the first stainless steel braces were made in 1970, and the industry never looked back.

Old Orthodontics Were Large and Painful Compared to Modern Options

One important and discomforting note we left out in the above section was that the early forms of braces were  painful. In many historic versions of braces, sharp wire was manually wrapped and tightened around each tooth, and certain teeth were even removed to make space for the braces.

Thankfully, this technique has been modernized, and instead of winding wires around each tooth, braces now apply direct pressure using elastic bands. This change, combined with dental adhesives, has made wearing and installing braces relatively pain – free.

This all brings us to a significant innovation, which came in 1997 with the creation of Invisalign. 

These clear, removable aligners have completely changed the way we look at braces. Instead of the traditional braces design, Invisalign is a see-through and removable aligner that can be taken out when eating or cleaning your teeth.

Each aligner exerts controlled, gentle force to shift teeth incrementally into their desired positions. Patients wear each set for usually one week before swapping it for a newly adjusted set. All treatment is guided by precise digital scans and orthodontic expertise.

Invisalign has changed orthodontics, making teeth straightening accessible and discreet. For now, that is the most recent innovation for Orthodontic braces, but we know there will be more developments in the future.

Maduke-Bulat is a long-established orthodontics practice in Surrey, BC. Dr. Sandra Maduke and Dr. Ryan Bulat are both certified specialists offering cutting-edge orthodontics in a warm and compassionate environment.

If you have any questions about this article or orthodontics in general, or if you want to make an appointment with Maduke-Bulat, please contact us at (604) 591-8621.

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