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History of Braces

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Having straight teeth isn’t just a modern day concern – even Greek philosophers debated how to fix a crooked smile! We know that primitive versions of orthodonture existed in ancient times because mummies have been discovered with bands on their teeth. But these appliances weren’t always used to improve smiles for the living. In the case of the Etruscans, bands were put on mummies to ensure that their teeth would be preserved in the afterlife!

The materials used for orthodonture were very different in ancient times. Instead of metal brackets, some ancient societies used cords made out of catgut, a fiber found in intestines. This was more pleasant than Medieval orthodonture, which often consisted of extractions and blood-letting. Modern trips to the dentists don’t sound so bad now, do they?

Though Roman Philosopher, Aulus Cornelius Celsus was the first to document treatment of teeth, dental research didn’t really start until the 18th Century. A French orthodontist named Pierre Fauchard is one of the fathers of modern orthodontics. He invented a contraption known as the “blandeau” which helped to expand the palate. Soon after, another French dentist, Ettiene Bourdet, came up with methods of extraction to fix crowding issues. Bourdet was also the dentist to the King of France!

Orthodonture began to quickly improve in the 19th century. This is when providers began to use appliances like gum elastics, rubbing tubing, and the wire crib. In 1880, a dentist named J. N. Farrar suggested that the best way to correct teeth was to use mild force at timed intervals. This completely changed the way that the field thought about fixing orthodontic issues! Another important figure at this time was Edward Angle, who founded the first college of orthodontics and the first orthodontic journal.

Braces during at the beginning of last century looked much different than modern day appliances. At that time, not only did the metal bands wrap entirely around each tooth, they were also often made of gold, which made getting treatment even more expensive! Stainless steel became more commonplace in the 1950s, but braces still wrapped all the way around teeth until the 1970s. Since then, there have been even more innovations in the orthodontic field, including lingual braces (which go on the inside of teeth) and invisalign treatments.

Children and adults through the years have been able to improve their life through orthodontic treatment. We at SCL are so excited to see the next generation leave our program with healthy, straight smiles because of the generosity of our providers. Now, that’s what we call making history!

Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
"I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."
Shelly P.
"I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."
Joy S.
"My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."
Alan P.
"This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"
Judith W.
"I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"
Alice W.
"Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."
Tiffany L.
"Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."
Alexandria W.
"Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "
Alice W.
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  • "Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "

    - Alice W.

    5 star review
  • "Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."

    - Alexandria W.

    5 star review
  • "Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."

    - Tiffany L.

    5 star review
  • "I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"

    - Daya G.

    5 star review
  • "This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"

    - Judith W.

    5 star review
  • "My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."

    - Alan P.

    5 star review
  • "I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."

    - Joy S.

    5 star review
  • "I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."

    - Shelly P.

    5 star review
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Smiles Change Lives. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.



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