Development of orthodontics
In the 19th century, orthodontics began to emerge as a specialized field of dentistry. Pioneers such as Edward Angle made significant contributions by introducing comprehensive treatment plans and emphasizing the importance of facial aesthetics. This period laid the groundwork for the advancements that followed.
Introduction of dental braces
Dental braces, consisting of metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by arch wires, became the go-to method for teeth straightening in the 20th century. Technological advancements improved the materials and techniques used, making braces more comfortable and effective. The introduction of rubber bands and elastics enhanced control over tooth movement.
Lingual braces, another innovation in orthodontics, are attached to the back surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. This approach addresses the cosmetic concerns associated with traditional braces while providing effective teeth straightening.
Invisalign and clear aligners
In recent decades, the field of orthodontics witnessed a revolution with the introduction of clear aligner systems, most notably Invisalign. These transparent, removable aligners gradually move teeth into alignment, offering a discreet alternative to traditional braces. Clear aligners have gained popularity among individuals seeking a more aesthetically pleasing option.