It’s Greek to all of us: “ortho” means to straighten or correct, and “dont” means tooth. Literally, orthodontics is to straighten teeth.
Humans have been trying to change our teeth for ages. In fact, Egyptian mummies have been found with crude bands around their teeth.
Teeth move when under pressure over time, which can be a good thing when we want to move them into healthier positions.
Orthodontics became an organized field in 1900, and gold was used to fashion orthodontic appliances. Those must have been some grillz!
Teeth move when under pressure over time, which can be a good thing when we want to move them into healthier positions. But pressure from thumb-sucking or misalignment can move teeth and supporting bone in unhealthy ways.
It takes 10+ years of education and training beyond high school to become a board-certified orthodontist. It’s a challenging but rewarding profession, with the joy of making patients smile.
Source: American Association of Orthodontics
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