Welcome to the Lakeside Orthodontics Blog. Our aim is to provide our new and existing clients with the latest industry news and advancements in technology, while keeping you up to date with the latest goings on at Lakeside.
1950s stainless steel replaced gold as the material of choice
1960s – an Australian Orthodontist, Begg, proposes that 4 teeth need routinely extracting. His research on Aboriginals who have no crowding proposed that we extract 4 teeth to mimic tooth wear. This started a generation of extraction therapy.
1970s Braces wrapped right around the teeth with bands as the technology to glue them in place was not very reliable (see photo).
1980s NASA developed ‘nickel-titanium’ wires. These wires are floppy until they reach body temperature. They move teeth with low constant forces- a massive improvement on the previous steel (& gold) wires
1990s Self ligating braces launched. A trap door replaces the high friction elastic 'bungees' that keep the wire in the bracket making treatment faster more comfortable and allowing more cases to be treated non-extraction
2000 Invisalign Launched by 2 MBA graduates - a God-send for anyone wanting Orthodontics but not wanting a brace on show