•In the early 1900’s 14- to 18-karat gold was orthodontists’ preferred choice of material for braces because it can be easily shaped, gold can stretch.
Why gold? It is malleable and easy to shape. Gold had its drawbacks, however — because of its softness it required frequent adjustments, and it was expensive! These bands wrapped entirely around the each tooth — the original “metal mouth” was real gold or silver!
•At the end of the 20th century, NASA developed one of the most important orthodontic advances, which would improve the way teeth are realigned forever.
This invention was heat-activated nickel-titanium alloy wires, which replaced the common steel.
•Today: Innovative development of the
Damon System, with high-tech materials and methods, your orthodontic experience can be as effective, efficient, and as comfortable as possible.
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