History of Braces and Orthodontics

Braces are devices used by orthodontists to align teeth and help position them with regard to the person’s bite, thus improving the dental health. Braces and retainers are used to correct under bites, malocclusions, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth and any other flaws in the teeth and jaws.  They are used together with other orthodontic appliances to help position and move the jaws and teeth.

In today’s era, the world has come to realize that orthodontic treatment from an private orthodontist is a necessity and not a luxury for the moneyed. Fixing misaligned teeth prevents long term problems like severe tooth wear and premature tooth loss. Orthodontic evaluations are done to kids aged 6-10 years old. Aligners were introduced because most people did not want to wear braces as their highly visible nature attracted undue attention.

Braces date back to the ancient times when scholars and physicians contemplated ways in straightening the teeth.  By the 18th century, much progress had been achieved. London orthodontists began improvising on their skills in the 18th century. Different scholars who studied the anatomy of teeth and jaws helped in improving the jaw appearance and setup of teeth.

By the 19th century, dentists helped in advancing dental braces; the braces were often made of special metal. In the 20th century, Edward Angle came up with a simple way to classify malocclusions. This system is still used to date by dentists in describing how one’s teeth are arranged. Through this knowledge, dentists were able to specify the various dental conditions, and possible treatment options; orthodontics as a branch of dentistry was officially founded.  Textbooks were published and dentists would further their studies in order to qualify as orthodontists. As time went by, orthodontists designed a variety of braces. Patients could now choose from a variety of braces for adults.


Today, braces such as invisible braces are available in form of invisible braces, clear braces, ceramic braces, to mention but few.