Metal braces have come a long way. Since their invention in the 18th century, orthodontists have been improving their techniques and technology to make braces as comfortable and subtle as possible. Modern braces are still the most popular type of orthodontic treatment available and are seen as a rite of passage for many young people.
Today’s metal braces use smaller brackets and wires than what was used in past decades, shortening the length of a person’s treatment. Orthodontists use braces to solve problems like tooth alignment, bite issues, gaps and spacing problems, tooth protrusions, and more.