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Richard Chan Orthodontics Shares Fun Facts About Teeth Following National Orthodontic Health Month
By: Richard Chan Orthodontics
1. It All Started in the 1700s
A French surgeon and dentist named Pierre Fauchard invented the bandeau, a metal strip bent like a horseshoe meant to expand the dental arch and straighten teeth.
2. And Really Kicked Off in the 1970s
About 200 years later, stainless steel became popular for contemporary braces because of its less expensive cost and increased flexibility.
3. Teeth Can't Repair Themselves
Enamel, the thin but hard outer shell of teeth, isn't living tissue so it can't heal itself.
4. Enamel is The Toughest
Enamel is the hardest material in the body, even harder than bone!
5. Teeth Naturally Want to Shift Back to Where They Started
Why is a retainer a must after braces or Invisalign? Teeth have a natural tendency to shift back to their original positions over time. A retainer prevents teeth from moving.
6. No Two Sets of Teeth Are Alike
Everyone's teeth are different. That's why Dr. Richard Chan (https://www.chansmiles.com/
7. Saliva Is Necessary, And A Lot of It
A person can produce up to 730 liters of saliva per year. And it's all for good use — saliva helps with tasting, chewing and digestion, reduces oral bacteria, has proteins and minerals that strengthen teeth, and prevents bad breath.
8. Straight Teeth Are Easier To Keep Clean
Well-aligned teeth have fewer nooks and crannies for plaque and food debris to hide. They're easier to brush and floss effectively which means a reduced risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
9. A Stunning Smile Boosts Confidence
As a Juneau, AK and Seattle-area expert orthodontist, Dr. Chan has seen countless patients step into a newfound confidence because of their new smile.
10. Straight Teeth Help Optimize Eating and Digestion
Crooked teeth and a bad bite can cause difficulties iwth biting, chewing and swallowing which can then affect digestion and overall health. In contrast, a straight smile offers optimum oral functioning.
About Richard Chan Orthodontics
American Board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Richard Chan strives to provide informed, braces and Invisalign treatment that works for every patient's specific needs, lifestyle, and budget. Whether visiting the Bothell, Monroe, Mill Creek, WA, or Juneau, AK orthodontic office, patients are greeted by a friendly team at a bright, modern office designed with their comfort in mind.
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