October is Orthodontic Health Month

October has many great qualities (hello Fall!) — and here’s another on the list: It’s National Orthodontic Health Month! Here are some fun facts about Orthodontia, that you may or may not have known…

Your dentist may recommend orthodontia care if your bite is abnormal, but you don’t need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist.

The preferred starting age for orthodontics is between the ages of 8 and 14. Preferred isn’t always possible though, so here at Price Family Ortho we see patients of all ages.

Over 4 million Americans are currently wearing braces. We can thank NASA for the evolution of modern braces. NASA developed a nickel titanium that is used in the space program; but in orthodontics it is used for flexible wires that are activated by body heat and maintain their shape.

The history of Orthodontia, also known as Orthodontics, has been around for more than 2000 years. The “Father of Dentistry”, Pierre Fauchard designed the first official braces in 1728. Orthodontic appliances have been tracked back to ancient Egypt. While entering the 20th century dentist Edward Angle introduced more advanced and modern orthodontic appliances such as brackets.

A healthy bite is one that properly meets the opposing jaw to aid with biting, chewing and speaking. 30% of the population can benefit from orthodontic treatment to treat malocclusions. Malocclusion is the misalignment of teeth and is not a disease.

75% of Americans that are in orthodontic care are under the age of 18. But braces are becoming more common for adults.

Join us this month in celebrating how Orthodontics has been a blessing to you or someone you know!