The orthodontic blog of Perry A. Stevenson, DDS, MS, PC
Fun Facts about Orthodontics
Dr. Stevenson is an active member of the American
Association of Orthodontists.There are
12,000 members in the United States, Canada, and abroad.The following are fun facts provided by the
American Association of Orthodontists that may be of interest to you.
*The First mechanical treatment for correcting misaligned
teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D. 23-79).
*Famous orthodontic patients include:Tom Cruise, Kathryn Heigle, Hale Irwin, Cher,
Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes,
Fay Dunaway, and Brandi.
*There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment
throughout the United States.One in 5
orthodontic patients are adults.
*Besides alleviating or preventing physical health problems,
orthodontics can improve self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws, and lips.
*Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada,
8,000 are practicing orthodontists who completed an additional 2-3 years post
graduate training in straightening teeth and aligning jaws to create optimal
function and form.This training is
above and beyond general dental training.Dr. Stevenson is one of the 8,000 who specializes in orthodontics and
received the additional training.
*Wires activated by body heat used in today’s braces were originally
developed by NASA for use in the space program.
*The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now
made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.