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Orthodontic Facts & Trivia

±There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. Three out of four are younger than 18.

±The first recorded orthodontic-like method of treatment was performed by the Roman writer Celsus (25 B.C.-A.D. 50).

±The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).

±The first Society of Orthodontists met in St. Louis in 1901.

±The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.

±A child should first visit an orthodontist no later than the age of 7. Early intervention frequently makes the completion of treatment at a later age easier and less time-consuming.

±The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.

±Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.

±Braces aren't just for children. The percentage of adults seeking orthodontic treatment increased from 17 percent in 1979 to 23 percent in 1992.

±The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.

±Wires activated by body heat used in today's braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.

±If left untreated, orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease or bone destruction.

±In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.

±Famous orthodontic patients include: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes and Brandi.

Source: American Association of Orthodontists

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