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A short history of... the dental brace

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Each year over 150,000 people in the UK opt to wear dental braces, and with the introduction of the invisible brace – an increasingly popular option among adults – this trend is showing no sign of stopping.

As the name suggests, these days it's possible to wear braces unnoticed. But how have teeth straightening devices become what they are today?

It appears that a preoccupation with straight teeth is nothing new. The ancient Greeks and Romans considered how best this could be done - as revealed by the mummified remains of the ancient dead, bearing strips of wire or other such dental fixtures around their teeth.


The 18th century saw some progress in orthodontics, with the French invention of the "Bandeau" – in other words, a horseshoe-shaped contraption which fitted around the inside of the patient's mouth in an attempt to realign the teeth.

But the word "brace", with reference to orthodontics, came about little more than 100 years ago. At the turn of the century these were far from the dental fixtures we recognise today, as the material of the brace varied from copper to zinc, ivory and even wood.

These days we're fortunate enough to have several types of dental brace to choose from - invisible braces, removable braces, hidden braces and the more commonly-known fixed brace are available to help straighten our teeth.

Thinking about having your teeth straightened? Watch our video that explains how it works. Oasis Dental Care has a range of orthodontic treatment options to suit your needs. For more information contact your local Oasis Dental Care today.