Seven Facts about Orthodontics

Seven Facts about Orthodontics

Orthodontics, the process of straightening teeth, is a fairly popular treatment. It was the first recognized dental specialty within the dental profession and is offered at Edinburg Family Dentistry to give you a beautiful smile. Here are a few more facts about this treatment that you may not know.

  • The word “orthodontics” is of Greek origin.
    “Ortho” means “straight,” or “correct” while “dont” refers to the teeth.
  • People have had crooked teeth for eons.
    Crooked teeth have been around basically as long as man has. Archaeologists have discovered Egyptian mummies with metal bands around their teeth. There have been writings throughout history referring to “irregularities” of the teeth (Hippocrates) and about the development of an orthodontic appliance in 1728 (by a French dentist named Pierre Fauchard).
  • Orthodontics became the first dental specialty in 1900.
    The specialty was founded by Edward H. Angle who was then the first orthodontist – he was the first to limit his practice to only the realigning of teeth and jaws. He established what is now the American Association of Orthodontics.
  • Gold was the metal of choice for braces circa 1900.
    Gold is malleable, which made it easy for dentists to work with as an orthodontic appliance. However, because it is malleable, it stretches easily; this meant that patients had to make frequent trips to the dentist for adjustments to keep their treatment on track.
  • Teeth move in response to pressure over time.
    Some pressure on the teeth can be harmful, such as thumb-sucking or abnormal swallowing. However, braces and aligners apply pressure in a very precise way gently and constantly to guide teeth to their new positions.
  • Teeth can move because bone breaks down and rebuilds.
    The pressure from braces causes cells called “osteoclasts” to break down bone while “osteoblasts” rebuild it. This process is called “bone remodeling” and can be supported by a balanced diet.
  • Orthodontic treatment is a professional service.
    Although braces themselves are dental appliances, they are simply the tool utilized to perform a job. A successful treatment will depend on the expertise and skill of your orthodontist who will take your individual needs into consideration to customize your treatment. Your participation and commitment will also be important to the success of the treatment – you will have to be diligent about following your orthodontist’s instructions.

Edinburg Family Dentistry is experienced in orthodontic treatment and can provide high-quality care for your family.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.