The invention we call “braces” has a much more extensive and colorful history than most people realize. Early Egyptians used catgut (the intestines of animals) in much the same way that modern orthodontists use the arch-wire.
Luckily, by 1752 when Dr. Pierre Fauchard got to work on early modern braces, he used metal, silk and linen for his materials. By the late 20th century, braces were really coming into their own, and today in addition to clear braces, aligners and treatment accelerating appliances, we now have self-ligating braces that offer simpler hardware and reduced treatment time.
These advances make now a great time to begin orthodontic treatment. Perhaps this is why, in addition to the millions of tweens and teens, more than one million adults are also receiving care. By understanding self-ligating braces, you can decide if this cutting-edge orthodontic treatment method may be the right fit for your family.