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It's hard to imagine today that the first recorded wearers of braces were the recently deceased in Ancient Egypt and Greece. This macabre ritual existed because it was thought that they would keep the deceased's teeth from collapsing over time, facilitating their journey in the afterlife.

Thankfully the practice has progressed since then—and adapted to the living. Let's take a look.

Orthodontics can be traced back to the Romans. Aulus Cornelius Celsus is said to have straightened teeth by applying pressure to key points with his hand. Though the claim is difficult to corroborate, it is true that archaeologists have found Roman tombs which contained human remains with small gold wires on the teeth. Earlier, during the Golden Age of Greece, Hippocrates and Aristotle posited ways in which teeth could be straightened and repaired, though there is no documentation suggesting they acted on their conjectures.

The Middle Ages

Between the end of the Roman era and the beginning of modern times, some progress was made in the field of dentistry—extractions, dental "operations," and bloodletting in your neighborhood barber shop, anyone?—but no evidence of breakthroughs in orthodontics exists.

18th and 19th Century Europe

Long before the myth of George Washington's wooden teeth got its bite, Pierre Fauchard invented the "bandeu," a device similar to a mouth guard and designed to keep teeth in their correct position. Pierre Bourdet improved the device and put forth a very important notion that would change dentistry forever—removing wisdom teeth could help avoid overcrowding, a common cause of misaligned teeth. Other prominent figures include John Hunter, Christophe-Francois Delabarre, who introduced the wire crib, and Edward Maynard, who first used gum elastics.

20th CenturyDevelopments

in orthodontics were incremental. Braces remained uncomfortable and pricey until the 1970s when breakthroughs in adhesives allowed braces to be stuck onto the front of teeth and rendered obsolete the painful and damaging practice of wrapping wires around teeth. Stainless steel became common and self-ligating brackets became the norm, eliminating the need for elastics and tie wires.

The Quest for Invisibility

No, this isn't a superhero movie subplot. Beginning in the ‘70s with Earl Bergersen's passive appliances that were worn mainly at night and removed during the day; the development of lingual braces that were placed on the inside surface of teeth and the development tooth-colored materials, the hunt was on for invisible braces.

Today and in the Future

Advances in technology and methods permit braces that give great results even though they are on for less time, smaller, nearly invisible and far more comfortable.

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