20th Century & Now

The first year of the 20th century was a great one for the evolution of dentistry. The first school of orthodontics was opened by Edward Angle, who is considered the “father of modern orthodontics.” In the same year, the local anesthetic, Novocaine was created by Alfred Einhorn. Bridgeport, Connecticut was the location of the first oral hygiene school in 1913. With the opening of dental and oral hygiene schools, dentists were becoming more respected in the medical field and more focus was put on dentistry.  With more attention focused on dentistry, more and more steps in the evolution of dentistry were made. The first nylon bristled toothbrush was invented in 1938.  Water fluoridation becomes prominent in 1945 after the discovery of he benefits fluoride has on the teeth.  Newburgh, New York and Grand Rapids, Michigan were the first cities to use water fluoridation.  Acrylic to dentin resin bonding is introduced in 1949.  This technique is still used widely today.  The high speed air-driven contra-angle handpiece was created in 1957.  This device is more commonly know as Airotor or the air powered drill.  This was the beginning of high-speed dentistry.  In the 1960s, the invention of lasers were approved to be used on soft tissue procedures and the electric toothbrush was also put on shelves in the same decade.  Later, in the 1990's cosmetic dentistry first appeared.  Cosmetic dentistry has been around, but it was until the '90s that people described it as its own branch of dentistry.  In May of 2000, Invisalign braces were made public.  This was a major upgrade from the bulky, metal braces that most people are used to.  The Invisalign braces, which are extremely popular nowadays, were created by Zia Christi. The future holds a lot when it comes to dentistry.  Dental bioinformatics is the most recent step in dental evolution.  Dental bioinformatics is "the application of computer and informational sciences to improve dental practice, research, and professional management (Esiner, 1992).  Biomimetics is another giant step.  Biomimetics is the study of the structures and functions of biological systems as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.  These computer-based technologies will improve the dental profession because the combination of dentists and computers has a lot of potential to increase the amount of steps they take in the evolution of dentistry.       Call us today to schedule your next appointment! (928)774-5599