Do you know the history of orthodontics?
It appears that we have been concerned about our smile for a long time …
Even more than two thousand years ago there was already a concern for a good alignment of the teeth. Hippocrates, father of medicine, said, 400 years before our era: “if the teeth are diverted or displaced, it is necessary to unite them with a thread of gold“.
However, he was not the first to worry about good tooth alignment; nor in studying oral hygiene and related matters. In Ancient Egypt, around 1600 BC, the pharaohs were looking for a perfect smile. In this era, strings made of cat gut were used as brackets.
Evolution of the brackets
The Etruscans, between 770 and 270 a.C. approximately, placed gold bridges in the mouths of the deceased. Apparently, the perfect smile also worried them in the afterlife.
Later, Aulus Cornelius Celsus, in 50 BC, was one of the most celebrated doctors of ancient Rome. His contribution to the alignment of the teeth, however, did not enjoy delicacy, precisely. His proposal was that, when a definitive tooth grew in the mouth of a child, if the milk tooth had not yet fallen, you had to push it with your finger until it did. Afterwards, it was necessary to continue pushing the final tooth until it was correctly placed.
In 1728, Pierre Fauchard, considered today as the father of dentistry, created the first modern supports, built from a precious metal stone in the shape of a horseshoe, which was held by linen or silk threads.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the concept of “brackets” began to be popularized. To make them, gold of 14 or 18 carats was used, but there were still dentists who still preferred those made of wood or ivory.
In 1997, there appeared a revolution in the market: the system that allowed the patient to put on and take off the devices whenever he wanted. He triumphed for being aesthetic, discreet and comfortable. Therefore, currently more than 45 million people use it.
In addition, while some years ago it was considered that orthodontics was only for children or adolescents, we now see more people over 18 years correcting the alignment of their teeth, especially thanks to the latest advances that allow you to remove and hide orthodontics without problems.
At Ancar we have several special ortodontic units that fit your way of working.
Take a look at the following units and contact us for more information: