A Brief History of Orthodontics
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on prevention and correction of misalignment. It’s the branch that focuses on all kinds of contraptions, tools, and strategies to align your teeth. Orthodontics is the reason a lot of people are more confident nowadays. Here is a brief history of orthodontics.
People were coming up with contraptions to align teeth since ancient times. The Egyptians did this. However, the first formally published book about orthodontics wasn’t published until 1879. The book, written by Norman Kingsley, was titled A Treatise on Oral Deformities as a Branch of Mechanical Surgery.
When Orthodontics Became an Official
In 1900, Edward Angle declared orthodontics the first specialty in dentistry. Angle founded the first dental association, and called it the American Association of Orthodontists. He also created the very first Independent School of orthodontia. He was focused, of course, on discovering new and innovative ways to align patients’ teeth.
Angle strongly believed that the best ways to align teeth did not include extracting them. He was focused mainly on the resulting aesthetics of orthodontia. The goal was always to make sure the teeth were perfectly aligned without ever extracting a single tooth.
Eventually, dentists discovered the relationship between human teeth and the human skull. This concept was called cephalometries. Orthodontists continued to emphasize this relationship. In 1930, Calvin Case wreaked havoc in the dental field because he strongly believed extracting teeth was an essential part of dentistry. He also believed in the effectiveness of retainers to maintain alignment.
Nowadays, each patient is treated differently depending on their needs. Orthodontists examine the issues and cater to each individual specifically when coming up with treatment strategies. There have been incredible advances made in the medical field, including aligner therapy, digital radiography, and skeletal anchorage. Orthodontia has changed many lives for the better. Now you know a little history of orthodontics, contact us today to schedule your next appointment!