Modern Techniques to Solve a Centuries-Old Obsession

Dentist from a patients view

Contrary to popular belief, finding ways to create a perfect smile is not an obsession that came into being only a few decades ago. People have been trying to find ways to satisfy the craving for straight teeth as far back as civilisations go. There is evidence of braces on the teeth of mummified Ancient Egyptians — metal bands fixed around their teeth with catgut wires to pull the teeth into position. Braces, it seems, are as old as make-up and hair dos.

Nowadays in Essex, braces are backed by the latest technology and materials to create a far more discreet, comfortable treatment than our ancestors could have imagined. There is a good choice of reputable practitioners, such as Simply Teeth, offering braces in Essex.

These dentists are very happy to talk their patients through the braces options most suitable to their needs, when they book an initial consultation. Braces are an increasingly popular option because so much research has been put into making them more comfortable, less visible and in getting quicker results. Looking back on the history of braces, most people can only offer up prayers of thanks to those patients who went before them and had to endure all sorts of crude attempts at straightening teeth before we arrived at today’s sleek and discreet braces in Essex.

Modern braces began with a French man who is today regarded as the Father of Dentistry — Pierre Fauchard. Monsieur Fauchard invented an appliance called the bandeau. This was a horseshoe-shaped piece of iron with regularly spaced holes to fit around the teeth and correct their alignment.

A few decades later, Christophe-Francois Delabarre tried separating overcrowded teeth by inserting swelling threads or wooden wedges between each space.

Then not much happened until the 1970s and the invention of dental adhesives. This, along with the use of stainless steel, really paved the way for the non-stop evolution of braces we have seen in the last 40 years. Brackets could be fixed to teeth and strung together with winding wires, to make train track braces.

Now, in the 2010s, braces now no longer resemble instruments of torture. Indeed, some braces in Essex no longer resemble anything at all because they are invisible.