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Brace yourself for the history of straight teeth…

Although ‘brace like’ implements have been seen to be used as far back as the Romans, and even found in the mouths of mummified Egyptians, the first set of modern day braces were used in the early 1900’ssays David Evans, DDS, of Cosmetic & General Dentistry. The braces were made from material that differed from dentist to dentist; some dentists used wood while others used ivory, copper or Zinc. The material that dentists all around the world preferred to use above all others to make these braces, was surprisingly gold! Gold, when heated, is very flexible and dentists found it easier to work with, however as you can imagine most people in the 1900’s were not walking around sporting gold braces, due to the high price of gold at the time, as an alternative option, silver was often used, as it was cheaper and still fairly flexible.


Modern day braces

It’s obvious that braces have been successful, as their popularity has continued throughout the years, they have been modernised and the range has been expanded to suit the different needs of patients. Sheen Dental offers numerous different types of braces in Richmond to their patients, the braces they provide include different types of fixed and removable braces, such as: Damon self-ligating braces, these braces are fixed in the mouth but are fast working and usually reduce treatment time by 6 months. Clarity Advanced are another type of fixed brace Richmond residents can choose from, these braces are ceramic and blend in with your natural tooth colour, hence are not obvious to others. Incognito invisible lingual braces are a different type of brace that Sheen Dental offer, they’re hidden behind the teeth and don’t show that classic ‘train track’ associated with traditional braces. Richmond residents can also benefit from Invisalign; these revolutionary clear aligners are removable braces, that are worn for 20-22 hours per day and can be taken out when eating and when brushing and flossing teeth. As Invisalign braces are clear, they’re the perfect option for people who want to straighten their teeth discreetly, but don’t like the idea of fixed braces. Prices of braces in Richmond clinic Sheen dental, start from £750, a low finance option is available to their patients.


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