Teeth Straightening Throughout History

Did you know that humans have been worried about straight smiles for centuries? Teeth straightening methods date back thousands of years. Surprisingly, our ancient ancestors were more concerned with their teeth than we might have originally thought. As you read the facts below, imagine how uncomfortable things were for a dental patient before the invention of pain medication or the likelihood of infection before widespread use of antiseptics and sanitation methods. With thousands of years experience in trial and error, combined with modern technology, we at Comfort Dental Spa believe it’s safe to say that we are thankful to live in the 21st century!

The History of Orthodontics and Teeth Straightening

  • Paleontologists and Archeologists have found Ancient Egyptian mummified remains where metal wires were wrapped around individual teeth
  • A set of teeth found at an Egyptian excavation site was wrapped in wire made of gold
  • A Roman Historian about two thousand years ago recorded the use of finger pressure to straighten misaligned teeth
  • One of the first books ever written about dentistry contained a chapter devoted to teeth straightening methods
  • French dentists in the 1700’s promoted the use of pre-molar extraction to alleviate crowding issues among their patients’ teeth
  • At the turn of the 20th century, many braces, ligatures, and brackets were made of precious metals like gold and silver
  • The first retainers made of plastic appeared in 1945
  • The invention of Invisalign was proposed by two Stanford University graduate students who had painful experiences with traditional braces
  • By the year 2000, Invisalign Braces were made available for widespread public use

Did you know that Dr. Aziza Askari at Comfort Dental Spa offers Invisalign Braces? If you are interested in improving your smile without using traditional wire braces, contact our office at (248) 474-6434 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Askari happily serves patients in Southfield, Northfield, Livonia, Dearborn, Detroit, and the neighboring communities.