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The study of dentistry and orthodontia has developed over the centuries, and reference to surgical dentistry can be found as far back as the Middle Ages, with writings about tooth removal to decrease tooth crowding. The first dental appliance for teeth straightening may date back to 1723 in France, when a dentist developed a gold or silver bad meant to push teeth to their proper places. This “bandolet” has evolved into the braces and retainers we commonly see in orthodontics today.
Asbell, M.B. (1990). A brief history of orthodontics. AJODO, 98(2), 176-183. https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.620.6786&rep=…