Braces are Ancient History

The urge to fix crooked teeth isn’t new. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, even our ancient ancestors wanted a straight smile: Archaeologists have found evidence of early orthodontia on mummified remains.

Here are just some of the findings:

  • Crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth
  • Gold wire strung between teeth
  • Space maintainers for missing teeth
  • Splint-like appliances to prevent collapse of the dentition

Though unrefined, these mechanisms helped lay the groundwork for today’s orthodontia.  And now highly educated specialists (orthodontists) diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.


If you want to make an appointment with east side Milwaukee dentists who know the value of high quality orthodontics, schedule an appointment with DeWan Dental Wellness today.

Share