Smile! October is National Orthodontics Month! Most people think the primary function of braces is to improve appearance, but that is only one role orthodontics plays in oral health. In fact, properly aligned teeth are important to maintain overall oral and physical health and play a pivotal part in preventing tooth loss, gum disease, and jaw ailments. National Orthodontics Month raises awareness of the value that straight, well-aligned teeth contribute to a person’s overall well-being.
Here are three things you may not have known about orthodontics:
1. Ancient Greeks and Egyptians were concerned about their smiles
The train tracks you used to have only grown to be prevalent in the 20th century. Hippocrates introduced the idea of straightening teeth to the ancient Greeks as a way to cure oral infections. Taking a trip even further back, ancient Egyptians used crude metal bands and catgut to close gaps in teeth and keep smiles straight.
2. Not just for kids anymore
A 2014 survey from the American Association of Orthodontists found nearly 1.5 million adults in America have braces and are finally getting the straight teeth and happy smile they’ve always wanted. Advances in technology and innovations in design now mean braces are more comfortable and affordable than ever, making them a popular investment.
3. 10+ years of schooling
Orthodontists spend a lot of time learning. On average, they invest 10-11 years after high school graduation:
- Four years of undergraduate work
- Four years of dental school
- Two to three years of an orthodontic graduate program
It takes a dedicated, passionate person to become an orthodontist. They are trained to diagnose and treat tooth alignment issues with custom treatment plans for each patient.
At Bubon Orthodontics, our doctors have a combined 40 years of education and almost 60 years of experience!