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So You’re Getting Braces? Enjoy These Fun Facts

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Many people that have crooked or gapped, or have misalignment and bite problems, are apprehensive about getting braces. However, braces can effectively correct such issues providing a healthier and happier smile that you can proudly share with the world around you.

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Whether you are anticipating the application of braces or are in the process of treatment, the following fun facts about braces might help brighten your mood while you are in the process of brightening your smile.

  • French physician Pierre Fauchard is recognized as the “father of modern dentistry”. He created the first known set of braces in 1728 that consisted of a strip of metal held in place by thread tied around the teeth.
  • Braces in the 1900s were commonly made of gold or silver. However, wood and ivory were also sometimes used by orthodontists.
  • The first orthodontist that was certified to practice in the U.S. was Dr. Charles Tweed.
  • All forms of braces are made from materials that are non-magnetic which means they won’t rust, tune into radio stations, attract magnets, increase chances of lightning strikes, or set off school or airport metal detectors. That’s a relief!
  • Something that all orthodontists have in common is they are also all board certified dentists.
  • Before a person can practice orthodontics, he or she must attend four years of college or university, four years at a chosen dental school and then complete an additional two years of postgraduate study.
  • The wires used in today’s braces are really space age! They were developed for the space program by NASA and contain nickel titanium which is activated by body heat so that they are more pliable and hold their shape via a “memory” quality. This same kind of wire is also used in Corvettes.
  • Two people that kiss with braces cannot get “locked together”.

How important is an attractive smile? One recent survey revealed that teeth are the first thing noticed by 71 percent of women and 58 percent of men. That statistic alone should encourage children and adults alike to have braces applied to provide a winning smile as well as better oral health!

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