July 13, 2023
Braces may not be the subject of much conversation at your dinner table (unless someone in your family happens to have them). But the history and science behind these complex little devices can make for far more interesting conversation than you know!
Just look at these seven little-known facts about braces, and you’ll see that it’s more than delicate metal and rubber.
1. Thanks, NASA
The alloy used in modern braces was originally developed by the scientists at NASA for use in the space program. They found that the metal could remember its shape when introduced to the heat and pressure of a human mouth.
2. Hear Radio Transmissions?
While this common myth has been debunked now, many thought that braces could pick up radio signals well enough to let the person who wore the braces hear music or talk shows.
3. Ancient Braces
While what we think of as braces in modern times were invented in 1728 by a French physician named Pierre Fauchard, remains have been found in Egypt as old as 3000 years with crude metal bands around individual teeth.
4. Not Just for Teeth
Braces can not only straighten out crooked teeth but can correct irregular bites as well. This will have a positive effect on people who have trouble chewing, swallowing, speaking, or breathing.
5. Plenty of Celebrities Still Use Them
It’s hard to imagine the likes of Brittany Spears, Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise, and Nicholas Cage wearing braces or using a retainer, but all these A-listers have either had them before, or still use them! Nicolas Cage got his when he was in his 40s.
6. Many Variations of Braces Exist
Not all braces are made the same, and not all of them work the same way. To date, there are over ten different types of braces available including Invisalign, mini braces, and porcelain.
7. Many People are Wearing Braces Right Now
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, nearly one in every four million people on Earth are wearing braces right now, and roughly 1 million of those people are over the age of 18.
So, the next time you find yourself sitting around the dinner table with nothing to talk about, try blathering about braces. You’ll be the expert in the room now, guaranteed!
About the Practice
With over 20 years of experience in the field and a genuine commitment to helping patients of all ages feel right at home, Dr. Gary Cartwright and Dr. Nicholas Palmer work together to cover a wide range of personal needs, preferences, and goals for smile improvement. If you or a family member needs orthodontic services, including braces, call (724) 503-6270 for the McMurray location or (412) 568-3022 for Bethel Park. You can also book an appointment online here.
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