Interesting facts about braces

Braces have been around for a long time, but they have changed a lot over the years. There are many different types of braces available now, each with their own advantages. If you are  considering getting braces in Glasgow, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry we can talk you through the different types and advise which we think will work best for you.

braces-in-glasgowYou may think you know all about braces in Glasgow, but here are some interesting facts you may not be aware of.

Braces are older than you think

Modern braces have been around for almost 300 years, but evidence of orthodontic treatments have been found on ancient Egyptian mummies. The traditional braces that we know today were invented in 1928, by Dr Edward Angle.

Braces used to be made from gold

Early braces were made from gold, because it is a soft metal that is easy to mould and adjust. Unfortunately, it proved to be too soft, meaning patients were constantly returning to the dentist to have adjustments made. There is also the small matter of expense – can you imagine how much it would cost to have a mouthful of gold? With the invention of stainless steel, braces became much more affordable and accessible.

Braces are not magnetic

Don’t worry – if you get braces in Glasgow, your so-called friends won’t be able to attach magnets to your mouth. In a similar vein, braces won’t increase your likelihood of being struck by lightning, nor will they set off metal detectors or pick up radio signals.

You are never too old to have braces in Glasgow

Some people think that braces will only work on young people, but as long as your teeth are healthy, it is never too late for braces. Often people who wore braces as teenagers find that their teeth have shifted again over the years, and decide to have a second go at correcting them. It is important to look after your teeth once they have been treated, and a retainer can help make sure your adjustments aren’t compromised.

Invisible braces in Glasgow mean discreet alignment

Invisible braces may not seem possible, but there are a couple of different types of braces and aligners that are practically unnoticeable.