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Since ancient times, people have been fascinated by the idea of being able to straighten teeth. In ancient Egypt, they used pressure to straighten the teeth of their deceased. Orthodontia slowly but surely came into existence with the first braces being introduced to the public in the early 1900s. As you can probably imagine, treatments have vastly improved since then!
In the 1970s, technological advances began to propel the world of orthodontics forward, launching it into the successful and streamlined field that it is today. Orthodontic treatment is easier than ever and affordable for most people. Best of all, technology is still advancing and making treatment times shorter than ever before. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty amazing!
How Do Braces Work?
Braces utilize pressure over time to straighten teeth. In conjunction with the human body’s ability to adjust and heal accordingly, braces can transform any smile. Correcting some issues such as overjets, crossbites, overcrowding, or gaps between the teeth may also help correct speech impediments caused by tooth misalignment.
Your orthodontist attaches the metal brackets in specific places on the front of your teeth. Then the archwire is attached with colorful, tiny rubber bands called ligatures. You can have some fun with these because you can choose different colors for holidays or special occasions.
Depending on how misaligned your teeth are to start with, the archwire may not look straight when it’s first put in. That’s okay, though – by the end of treatment, the archwire will go straight across your teeth.
Some Things You Should Know
Though traditional braces are common, easy to take care of, and a great treatment option for most people, there are a few things that can happen that you should be aware of. Complications are rare, but it helps to be aware and informed about the possibilities.
Dr. Baker understands the importance of a smile you can share with confidence. Additionally, she wants you to feel confident with your decision for your journey to your best smile ever. Here are a few ways to get started: