Braces have been around for hundreds of years, just not quite like we envision them today.
A book named “The Surgeon Dentist,” included a complete chapter on methods employed in teeth straightening, was published by a dentist from France in 1728. In 1757, Ettiennne Bourdet expanded on the work of the original book with that entitled “The Dentist’s Art,” which also covered methods and devices used for tooth alignment.
In 1819, the first wire crib was introduced by Delabarre, which marked the beginning of the field of modern orthodontics. However, the term orthodontia was not used until 1841.
A dentist known as Maynard was the first to use gum elastics in 1843. Tucker, another dentist, was the first to make use of rubber bands in 1850. Later in the 19th century, Eugene Solomon Talbot used X-rays as a means of diagnosis for orthodontic purposes for the first time.
Norman W. Kingsley established the principles of orthodontic practice and authored the first article on the area of orthodontics in 1858. He followed up with a book entitled “Treatise on Oral Deformities” in 1880. J. N. Farrar contributed with his designs of brace appliances and proposed the application of mild force at regularly-timed intervals as a means to reposition teeth, which he wrote about in “A Treatise on the Irregularities of Teeth and Their Corrections.”
History from News Medical.