1728 French dentist Pierre Fauchard creates Fauchard's Bandeau, a horseshoe-shaped piece of metal that helped expand the arch.
1757 French dentist Etienne Bourdet perfects Fauchard's Bandeau.
1819 Edmund B. Delabarre introduces the wire crib marking the birth of contemporary orthodontics.
1843 Dr. Edward Maynard becomes the first dentist to use gum elastics as a technique used to correct improper jaw alignment.
1850 E. J. Tucker becomes the first to cut rubber bands from rubber tubing.
In the late 1800s Eugene Solomon Talbot becomes the first person to use X-rays for orthodontic diagnosis, and Dentist J.N. Farrar designs brace appliances and becomes the first to suggest the use of mild force at timed intervals to move teeth.
In the early 1900s Edward H. Angle devises the first simple classification system in America for malocclusions still used today (Class I, Class II, and so on), and the first metal mouth is introduced made with real gold or silver.
1929 Stainless steel becomes widely available.
1935 The idea of self-ligating brackets begin to shape.
1945 Orthodontists realize that a sequence of removable plastic appliances could move teeth toward a predetermined result.
In the late 1950s/early 1960sStainless steel becomes accepted as a material for orthodontic treatment and x-rays are routinely used.
1970 Direct bonded brackets becomes a reality.
In 1972 Ormco creates the EdgeLock™ System, and Earl Bergersen, D.D.S. creates the passive Ortho-Tain appliances which guide jaw growth and help correct orthodontic problems and malocclusions in both children and adults.
1975 Dr. Craven Kurz of Beverly Hills California develops the Kurz/Ormco lingual system. In Japan, Professor Kinya Fujita of Kanagawa Dental University invents his own lingual system.
1980s "Tooth colored" esthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics are introduced.
1997 Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth, graduate students of Stanford University, apply 3-D computer imaging graphics to the field of orthodontics and create Align Technologies and the Invisalign® method.
Invisalign® braces are made available to the public.
Today, Invisalign® treatment is extremely popular amongst teen and adult patients of Allen Orthodontics in Ottawa, ON. To find out more about Invisalign® and other treatments offered at Allen Orthodontics contact Dr. Scott R. Allen at 613.228.4000 or visit Allen Orthodontics when and if you are in the Ottawa, ON area. We look forward to hearing from you!