The word “orthodontics” comes from the Greek for “straight or proper” and “tooth.” That the word has Greek origins is entirely proper considering that somewhere between 400 and 300 B.C., Hippocrates and Aristotle pondered ways to straighten teeth and fix other dental imperfections. Archaeologists have even discovered mummified people with apparent metal bands wrapped around their teeth. French dentist, Pierre Fouchard, is credited with inventing orthodontics in 1728 when he published his book, “The Surgeon Dentist,” on ways to straighten teeth. Delabarre introduced the wire crib in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
Orthodontics focuses on fixing improper bites that might cause jaw problems or crooked teeth. Traditionally, orthodontic treatments involve using a system of brackets and wires to gradually realign teeth and retainers to solidify the results. Today, there are also alternative orthodontic options for adults including Invisalign clear plastic aligners.
Robison Dental Group will gladly perform orthodontic treatment for your child. First, we will assess the level and nature of the bite problem to determine the best course of treatment. Then we will place the brackets and wires of dental braces. The wire is held in place against the brackets with elastic bands that come in a rainbow of colors. The bands are a chance for kids to make wearing braces fun by choosing their favorite color or their school’s colors. Your child will need to visit our office regularly to have the braces adjusted or tightened and the wire exchanged as changes take place.
While adults can wear traditional orthodontics, you may be interested in Invisalign clear aligners instead. As the name implies, Invisalign aligners straighten teeth almost invisibly. With Invisalign, you’ll wear a series of clear plastic aligners that come in sets of two—one for your upper arch and one for the lower arch. As you progress through your sets, your teeth will gradually move toward their optimal position. The entire process is carefully laid out in a treatment plan created by Dr. Robison. This same plan acts as a blueprint for the Invisalign lab to fabricate your custom-designed aligners. Learn more about this option: