April 20, 2023

Straightening Teeth Through the Ages: A Look at the History of Braces with Salyer Orthodontics

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Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct dental issues. But have you ever wondered about the history of braces? In this blog post, we’ll take a journey through time and explore the evolution of orthodontic treatment, from ancient times to modern-day. 

Ancient Times 

Believe it or not, the concept of orthodontic treatment dates back to ancient times. Archaeological evidence suggests that people in ancient Egypt and Greece attempted to straighten their teeth using various methods, including crude metal bands and catgut. 

18th and 19th Centuries 

The first true orthodontic treatments were developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1728, Pierre Fauchard, a French dentist, introduced the bandeau, a piece of metal that was used to widen the arch of the mouth. In the early 19th century, Christophe-Francois Delabarre introduced a wire crib that was used to straighten teeth. 

20th Century 

The 20th century saw a significant advancement in orthodontic treatment, with the introduction of braces as we know them today. In the 1920s, Edward Angle developed the first brackets that could be attached to teeth, and in the 1960s, the adhesive used to attach brackets to teeth was improved, making braces more effective and comfortable. 


Today, orthodontic treatment has become more accessible and effective than ever before. Braces are now available in a variety of styles, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners. Digital technology has also revolutionized orthodontic treatment, allowing for more precise and efficient treatment. 


From crude metal bands to modern-day braces and clear aligners, orthodontic treatment has come a long way over the centuries. At Salyer Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing our patients in Duluth and Bethlehem, GA, with the latest and most effective orthodontic treatments available. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our treatment options. 

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