A Beginner’s Guide to Braces

At Ipswich Family Dental, we’ve helped countless people with teeth straightening. With over sixty years of shared clinical experience, it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about braces! Here are just a few facts for beginners about the present, past, and future of braces.


The History of Braces

Historians and archaeologists have established that people have been trying to straighten teeth since the dawn of history. A number of mummified remains show signs of orthodontic work, and way back in ancient Greece, Hippocrates and Aristotle philosophised as to ways that teeth might be straightened.

Then, throughout the Enlightenment, scientific discoveries allowed for breakthroughs that would eventuate in modern braces. Contemporary orthodontics are dated back to 1819, but the braces back then don’t bear much resemblance to the ones we use today!


Things Have Changed Since the 1980s

In the 70s and 80s, sitcoms and movies were full of references to braces. Teenagers were forced into awkward headwear, with seemingly an enormous amount of metal in their mouths. It’s no wonder that some people are still hesitant about getting braces today! Luckily, there have been tremendous advances since then. Braces are smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable than ever.


What Can Braces Do for My Teeth?

Teeth braces are a great way to treat teeth crowding, overbites, underbites, spacing and gaps. Book an appointment with one of our specialists, and we can start to put together a dental braces treatment programme that works best for you.


Are Braces Just for Teenagers?

Not at all! Although many people have braces in their teens, not everybody has the opportunity at the time. Teeth straightening treatments for adults are increasingly common, and there are many options available. Traditional braces might still be the best choice, but we can also look at the possibility of Invisalign.


The Latest in Teeth Straightening Technology

Invisalign treatments have only been around for a few years, but they’ve become incredibly popular. Invisalign technology uses a series of computer scans and plastic moulds, rather than the metal wires of traditional braces. They’re like retainers, except instead of retaining your teeth in their position, they push them towards their ideal location. If you’re interested in having your teeth straightened but want to be as discrete about it as possible, then Invisalign might be the best option for you.


Contact Ipswich Family Dental Today

At Ipswich Family Dental, we provide comprehensive and complete dental treatment for all members of the family. We see customers in a relaxed, friendly and professional environment, and are constantly improving our skills with ongoing education and improved technology. Book an appointment online, or call on (07) 3281 1781.

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