According to historians, the practice of using metal bands to straight teeth dates back to ancient times. Egyptian mummies have been uncovered that had primitive versions of dental braces. Of course, orthodontics as we know it today did not enter the modern era until much later, in the mid-19th century. Even though braces were used at that time, they were far too expensive for the average citizen. Where are we now?
Approximately four million Americans are wearing braces at any given time. While most are children or teenagers, adults makeup the fastest-growing segment of braces wearers. Until recently, all age groups had but a single option when it came to straightening their teeth