While the 1980s may have inspired any number of revivals in film, television, music and fashion, the brace face isn’t one of them. That’s not to say that crooked smiles are any more in style than they were in yesteryear. Braces have actually been improving people’s oral function and aesthetics since time immemorial, and were contemplated by the likes of Hippocrates and Aristotle between 300-400 BC. Archaeologists have found jawbones in a Roman tomb that had teeth bound by brackets, gold wire and an elastic like ligature wire. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins of Collins Dental & Aesthetic offer modern day braces and aligners to their patients in the Spokane and Spokane Valley area.
So what about Invisalign? That started in the 1990s, right? Wrong. The concept of a solid band aligner to reshape the jaw was invented by a French dentist named Pierre Fauchard in 1754. Fauchard called his invention of a horseshoe shaped Iron aligner “the Bandeaux.” The only thing modern about Invisalign and other popular clear aligners today is that they are made of clear plastic.
Granted modern day aligners and braces are probably far more comfortable and fine-tuned than their ancient predecessors, there is one thing that history has made abundantly clear: The pursuit of the aesthetically pleasing straight-toothed smile will never go out of style.
As for how to get it, Drs. Collins offer both braces and Invisalign and are well versed in the differences between them to help patients discern which option will help them achieve the most desirable results. To schedule a consultation, call our office at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788