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What You Have to Learn about the Origins of Braces

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Several types of orthodontic equipment are available today to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues. There are now transparent, ceramic, lingual, and surgical braces in addition to metallic braces.

Despite the fact that we live in a chaotic society where novelty is our major obsession, all innovations have a long history. Ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Romans employed orthodontic appliances, which may surprise you. They had already started thinking about this problem and applying their outmoded answers. Although there was no single person who invented braces, we can learn about the history and timing of various major events that eventually led to the development of braces as an effective therapy for misaligned teeth.

Today, we’ll discuss a thorough dental braces history. So, if you’re curious about the history of braces, especially the first braces and the inventor of dental braces, continue reading this piece.

The First Appearance of Dental Braces

Numerous attempts to straighten teeth were undertaken in ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations; however, the first book on braces, “The Surgeon Dentist,” is the most reputable source regarding the earliest braces in history. Prierre Fauchard’s book discusses a bandeau-shaped mouthguard that maintains teeth in place. As a result, Pierre Fauchard is known as the “Father of the Modern Dentist.”

The First to Wear Dental Braces

Some historians say the Romans invented braces, while others believe the Egyptians did. Most historians believe the first individual to wear braces was a Roman because they were the first to experiment with them.

The Rise of the Dental Braces

Braces became popular in the early 1900s, when people took substantial steps to straighten their crooked teeth.

Braces became popular in the early twentieth century. Christophe-Francois Delabarre devised the first modern dental braces to hold each pair of teeth in place in 1819. Dr. Edward Maynard improved the braces method by incorporating elastics in 1843. When braces were still pricey, dentists would wrap the teeth in various materials and then wire them against the teeth.

The Evolution of the Dental Braces

Braces apply consistent pressure to the jawline in order to straighten or align our teeth. Teeth that are misaligned are subjected to more force than teeth that are properly positioned. A tight metallic wire works so well that you may see a difference within weeks.

After a few weeks of consistent pressure, you may see a change in your jaw position as well as a straightening of your misaligned teeth. This is owing to the membrane that protects and surrounds the gums and roots. By providing consistent pressure from the braces, this membrane modifies the roots of the teeth and bones to the new pattern suggested by the orthodontist.

As the metal wires get loose, we must modify or tighten the braces to meet the new jaw position after a few weeks. This is how our brand-new braces achieve perfect teeth alignment.


You may have grown up surrounded by teenagers wearing metal braces, or you may have grown up with one. While that may have been unpleasant, you must see today the benefits that you have gotten from it! Now, you have perfectly straight teeth. 

Are you in need of braces or dental implants? Danvers Aesthetic Family Dentistry is here to offer you high-quality dental services to keep your teeth healthy, clean, and beautiful Contact us today to learn more!

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