Why are so many adults having braces put on their teeth?

The Irish have been gripped by the American beauty ideal of even, straight, white teeth

In an article on an 18th-century tooth-puller, historian Colin Jones claimed that “the list of Great Dates in Dentistry is largely unknown, I wager, outside the serried ranks of the dental profession”. In subsequent work, Jones demonstrated the important relationship between beauty standards and the development of dentistry in 18th-century Paris. One of the great dates in dentistry seems of continued importance for the pursuit of the beautiful smile: when were braces for straightening...
source: Irish Times

2018-11-08 17:52
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