A Brief History of Orthodontics
The next time you pick up the new aligners for your clear braces from your Kew East dentist, you might consider the history of orthodontics—and just how far it’s come since the days of the ancient Egyptians and their search for the perfect smile.
Orthodontics in the Past
Archeologists have found rudimentary orthodontic-like appliances in mummies, probably fashioned out of catgut. There is further evidence some years later that Etruscan women used a gold band around their teeth to protect them from shifting in the afterlife. During Roman times, it was recommended that people try to push their teeth into proper alignment with their fingers.
There was little in the way of what ...