FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Should I See an Orthodontists?
A beautiful smile can be had by anyone, and that's a great reason to see an Orthodontist!  Orthodontics is devoted to building beautiful smiles by bringing teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment. Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are more likely to last your lifetime.

What is the origin of Orthodontics?
Early History
Even ancient people wanted straight teeth! According to the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), archaeologists have discovered mummified ancients with crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth.
Even before George Washington wore his famous wooden teeth, dentists were thinking about ways to correct bad bites.  In 1728, French Dentist Pierre Fauchard published a book called the "The Surgeon Dentist".   Pierre Fauchard used a device called a "Bandeau," a horseshoe-shaped piece of precious metal which helped expand the arch.

The First Metal Mouths
What did braces look like a century ago? In the early 1900s, orthodontists used gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite (and occasionally, wood, ivory, zinc, copper, and brass) to form loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures. Fourteen- to 18-karat gold was routinely used for wires, bands, clasps, ligatures, and spurs, as were iridium-platinum bands and arch wires, and platinized gold for brackets. Why gold? It is malleable and easy to shape. Gold had its drawbacks, however -- because of its softness it required frequent adjustments, and it was expensive! Anyway, you guessed it -- these bands wrapped entirely around the each tooth -- the original "metal mouth" was real gold or silver! How's that for bling? In 1929, the first dental specialty board, the American Board of Orthodontics, was born. On a side note, the first synthetic (nylon)-bristle toothbrush was invented in 1938. Around this time, stainless steel became widely available for orthodontic treatment until the late 1950s/early 1960s! In addition, you may be surprised to learn that x-rays were not routinely used in orthodontic treatment until the 1950s!

Who Can Take Advantage of Today's Orthodontic Technologies?
Children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged men and women, seniors - all are taking advantage of the simplicity that distinguishes today's orthodontics.  There are orthodontic solutions for every lifestyle and budget.  Fees for orthodontic care vary with the complexity of the treatment and may vary according to geographic region.  Ask your orthodontist about anticipated treatment fees, payment options and insurance benefits.

At What Age Should I have My Child Checked by a Licensed Orthodontist?
Your orthodontist can improve most tooth and jaw alignment problems at any age.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than age seven.

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