We live in a society where our looks seem to be as valuable as our resumes in terms of employers or anyone who counts on us to get a job done. It is just human nature for people to make judgments about things using their eyes more than anything else and if that is the way it is, then it does not make much sense to fight it. One’s teeth are a big part of their appearance and the way that people perceive them from a physical standpoint, and those who are comfortable in their own skin are typically capable of acting more naturally and in turn are able to carry themselves with an air of confidence. Any orthodontist should understand that they are in the self-esteem business as much as they are the smile correction one, because producing beautiful smiles helps people feel more confident in themselves.
A good orthodontist who is intimately familiar with their patient’s hopes, fears and insecurities knows that they are in the business of building confidence and making people feel more secure about their appearances. People being concerned about having straight teeth is not a new concept as even the remains of ancient Egyptians have been discovered to have had crude metal bands wrapped around their teeth that were fashioned in an effort to straighten their teeth. Over the course of human history it seems that there was one society or another who clearly had this matter on their minds; even some of Aristotle’s works have contained ruminations about early orthodontic thought-processes.
Overall health is fundamentally connected to oral health and for people with crooked or crowded teeth, misaligned bites and/or jaws it is very important for these things to be dealt with in order to avoid future health concerns. Straight teeth are simply easier to maintain and clean on a daily basis because there are less cracks and crevices for food particles to hide in and turn into bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The straightness of one’s teeth are not the only concern of an orthodontist, in fact it is secondary to the alignment of the patient’s upper and lower jaw and the way in which they come together. Overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites and misplaced mid lines are all malocclusion classifications that orthodontists use to identify specific jaw alignment issues.
Misaligned jaws or malocclusions as they are referred to by those in the professional orthodontics field, can cause serious uneven wear of teeth, TMJ and tension headaches from the uncomfortable pressure put on one’s jaw muscles due to the jaws or teeth not matching up properly. So, dealing with an over or under bite or teeth that just do not happen to be coming in straight, dealing with the matter proactively will not only give a person one less thing in their lives to be insecure about, but it was also make the chances of them dealing with any of the aforementioned afflictions very unlikely. It is safe to say that fixed straight wire appliance (braces) create a win/win situation for those in their adolescence who are fortunate enough to have access to the proper orthodontic care.
There has been a steady interest in the orthodontic field for years but only so much progress was made over the centuries. Much experimentation has led to a lot of things learned from trial and error in this particular field and a significant amount of pain and discomfort has been inflicted upon those in the process as less tedious and more pragmatic processes and practical materials have been introduced and implemented. Durability, malleability and affordability were the three main factors involved in the early dental and orthodontic equation where compromises routinely had to be made. During this country’s inception, George Washington adorned teeth made out of wood and in the coming years, many different kinds of metals instead began being seen as better options with regard to handling dental and orthodontic matters.
At the turn of the century in the early 1900s, orthodontists incorporated platinum, gold, silver, steel and gum rubber in their oral treatments to form bands around teeth that they attached wires between to bring teeth into alignment. Gold though, was widely considered the best metal because of how malleable and durable it was. In the late 1930s amid some controversy, stainless steel entered the orthodontic sphere as the most economical and practical material for the application of the primitive braces that orthodontists were applying on their patients at the time. Stainless steel was not widely accepted and used commercially to straighten teeth until the 1950s and 60s though, while they were still using bands that they wrapped around patient’s individual teeth.