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5 Fun Orthodontic Facts

Our first goal is to improve your smile, but our second goal is to make it fun! There are a lot of fun facts about orthodontics and the dental industry that we enjoy, but these are 5 of our favorites:

1. All Orthodontists are Dentists

All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists! Only about 5 or 6 percent of dentists are trained orthodontists.

2. Around 80% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17

If you have never had a cavity, good for you! Cavities are extremely common, and if you have yet to experience one, you must be taking great care of your teeth.

3. Retainers are equally as important as braces

Wear your retainer! You didn’t go through months or years or braces to have your teeth move right back where they were, did you? After braces, the teeth can still easily shift. Make sure to wear your retainer to keep the position of your newly straightened teeth.

4. NASA is a part of modern braces

That’s right, NASA. NASA developed the alloy that is used to make braces. This alloy is called Nitinol and is a mixture of nickel and titanium.

5. Straight teeth goes all the way back to ancient times

Braces may not have been designed until the 18th century, but people have had a strong desire for straight, beautiful teeth for thousands of years.

In ancient Egypt, mummies were found with cords made from animal intestines wrapped around their teeth to keep them straight. Gross, but cool!

Do you have any favorite orthodontist facts? If so, we’d love to hear them. Bring them with you to your next visit and make our day!