When did braces become cool?

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When I was a kid, as my teeth fell out, my new teeth grew in like they were at a dance party, and my mouth was the mosh pit. My parents assumed that I was an orthodontists dream.


When I hit eleven, my teeth were all partied out and fell into rank and file, saving me from being called BRACE FACE. I was the exception, not the rule.


Kids these days now think braces are COOL

But braces have come a long way.

Braces in the 1980’s was a barbaric affair. I would watch my fellow peers struggle with eating, and with bands and pain. Pashing was completely off the table due to the vicious urban myth that if two people wearing braces can get locked together and you would have to go to the hospital in the back of an ambulance and BOY, your parents would be mad.

Please note, I never found one person that this actually happened to.

Teeth that required braces from the 1980’s and prior was a full metal jacket type scenario. But let’s go back even further.

It was Ancient Roman, one Aulus Cornelius Celsus who first thought about teeth and to aligning them might make one’s appearance more attractive by applying finger pressure to the sticky out tooth. Early Romans then took it one step further, with evidence of a rudimentary dental device in the shape of a thin, gold wire, which was trying to force together gaps.

Mind you, this was only after archeologists were called in to confirm that this was actually what they were looking at.

Things plodded along ok for the teeth straightening practices until the 18th Century when Pierre Fauchard, a man considered to the guru of teeth at the time, invented an appliance called bandeau. The first thing to resemble the modern brace, although seeing what it actually did, I cannot imagine that it was comfortable.

Now let’s get back to some facts.


My youngest son requires braces. And not just braces, I mean the Oscar’s of braces. There are teeth where teeth need not be, and there are several that just didn’t choose to develop. We have an x-ray to prove this. He is beyond excited.


I found this out a week before the Australian Society of Orthodontists contacted me to see if I wanted to help them on a campaign about orthodontists so I took it as a sign. The ASO is there to provide factual information about orthodontic treatments. They have the best interests of the patients at the top of their agenda, and work closely with researchers at universities and hospitals to continue to develop treatments.


Orthodontists are specialist dentists, spending another three years studying on top of their dental degree. They specialise in straightening teeth and are experts in facial growth, bad bites and poorly aligned jaws. You do not need a referral to an orthodontist. Click on https://www.aso.org.au/how-find-orthodontist and punch in your postcode to find your areas leading orthodontists who are members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the peak body for knowledge across Australia.


There is evidence to suggest that thumb sucking contributes to wonky teeth, and in my sons case, I am sure this was a contributing factor. Child could have won a gold medal if this was a legitimate sport.


For more information and answers to any questions you might have, download the ASO’s free e-book by clicking here.

Braces have come a long way in the past few decades. Now, it is even cool to have them fitted. They are far less obtrusive and even come in cool new colours. Jack cannot wait for his first appointment, which is coming up. Let the teeth alignment commence!

Have you done the braces thing?

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Ever heard of anyone actually locking braces while kissing?