St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

 516 E. Main Street
 St. Charles, IL 60174
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Posts for: May, 2014

The quest for straight, even teeth has been one people have pursued for thousands of years. Archaeologists excavating Greek tombs have found dental bridges and even mouth guards designed to straighten the teeth and conceal missing teeth as well. These relics date all the way back to 1000 B.C.
As you can imagine, there have been quite a few advancements in the thousand-plus years since these first orthodontic inventions. Many years later, in the 1770s, the first models and research for what closely resembles modern-day braces emerged. This included the ideas that teeth could be pulled to prevent misalignment and how wires could be used to direct misaligned teeth. Some key inventions that moved the practice of orthodontia forward during the 18th century included:
  • 1843: Gum elastics were first used to correct bite alignments.
  • 1850: Rubber bands were cut from rubber tubing for orthodontic use.
  • Late 1800s: Eugene Solomon Talbot used X-rays for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.
Different From Dr. Lipskis’ St. Charles Orthodontics
Today’s orthodontic treatments at Dr. Lipskis’ St. Charles dentist office look a lot different from the braces created even a century ago. Braces created in the 1900’s were made from all sorts of materials, including gold, copper, platinum and even wood (now that would make for an interesting look. People at the turn of the century even had 18-karat gold braces on their teeth, which definitely presented an extra cost.
One of the biggest challenges for orthodontists several decades ago was not finding the right materials to make braces, but actually the right adhesive to get them to stay in place. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when adhesive formulas that were strong enough to stay on the teeth, yet ultimately be removed, were created.
A number of innovations were created that have advanced Dr. Lipskis’ ability to straighten your teeth and align your bite. Even NASA has gotten involved in creating new technology for braces. The organization created heat-activated wires that can easily shape and retain their teeth-moving capabilities longer than traditional metal wires.
As orthodontic inventions continue to progress in St. Charles, Dr. Lipskis can discuss the latest available treatments that mean you wear braces for shorter time periods, yet experience beautiful results.