If you’ve had (or currently have) braces, you probably know about orthodontics and braces than most people. However, just like most people, it is also likely that you only know the basics of orthodontics and braces and not much else. Fortunately, in this article, we’ll tackle a few more interesting information about braces you can file under your “interesting facts about braces” folder.
Interesting Fact #1 Braces Have Been Around for Nearly 300 Years!
The first set of braces was made in 1728 and was created by French physician Dr. Pierre Fauchard. However, that’s not the only accomplishment Doctor Fauchard has under his belt. For starters, he is also known as the “Father of Modern Dentistry.”
The first ever braces consisted of a flat piece of metal which was connected by a thread to the wearer’s teeth. Almost two centuries after, dentist Dr. Edward Angle introduced a few significant advancements to address problematic tooth alignment more effectively. In 1915, he created brackets made from 14 or 18 karat gold because it has malleable properties.
Interesting Fact #2 The Wire Used for Braces Was Invented by No Less than NASA
While Dr. Angle’s creation was truly ingenious, it was also costly. Understandably, braces made from gold can be very expensive. Fortunately, orthodontics took a massive leap when NASA introduced the metal alloy nickel titanium in 1959.
While the heat-resistant metal was initially designed for space-bound shuttles, it was discovered to be also perfect for making thin but highly flexible wires that can retain their shape even if bent and attached to the wearer’s teeth.
Interesting Fact #3 At Least 4 Million Americans Wear Braces
Sure, wearing braces can make some people feel alienated or self-conscious. However, there is no need to feel that way. Why? At least 4 million other people wear braces! And that’s just in the United States alone.
Yet another interesting fact: around 1 million of those people wearing braces are adults over the age of 18. Undoubtedly, braces are quite popular. Taking into account it’s effectiveness however, it’s easy to see why!
Interesting Fact #4 Braces are Not Limited for Use of Teens and Tweens Alone
There is this common misconception that braces are only for tweens and teens. However, nothing can be farther from the truth. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics reported that at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. Nowadays, parents and even grandparents have decided to enjoy the benefits of a healthier bite and a straighter smile.
Interesting Fact #5 There are Over Ten Different Kinds of Braces
Think all braces are the same? Think again! The truth is there are over 10 different types of braces that can cater to different needs. While they may look the same at first glance, they actually have a few distinct qualities that make them different from each other.
Case in point, porcelain braces or mini braces are deemed ideal for those patients who want their braces to be less noticeable. On the other hand, Invisalign is also considered a great option for those who don’t want their braces to be visible. Fortunately, whatever is best suited for your situation is a decision your orthodontist can help you make.