Like many other things in this nation, most people have never stopped to appreciate how wonderful our orthodontic care is. The US is ranked number three in the world in terms of accessibility and quality of care in orthodontics, which is something that is truly amazing when you consider that none of the other countries at the top of the list have populations of over twenty million people. We are groundbreakers in orthodontic care, a status we enjoy thanks to the fact that we have given the world many of the most important orthodontic tools that are used today. Invisalign was born in the US, and is now used in over thirty countries around the globe. The modern false tooth, was also created by our own dental leaders, and has totally changed the way that dentists are able to reconstruct a mouth with missing teeth. A lot of people in other countries look to our nation as the shining star in orthodontic work, and many wonder how it is that we came to be so important in the orthodontic sector. Here we will take a brief look at the principal causes for our nation’s success in the field of orthodontics.
When much of the rest of the world was treating orthodontics like something that would be a passing trend, the US put money and support behind the new area of dentistry. It is almost unimaginable fot people today to think that just fifty years ago orthodontics was seen by many people as something which had no real future. In the beginning, orthodontics was no a specialty that one could study in dental school, but rather an area that a few groups of brilliant young dentist were exploring on their own. In the 60’s a few articles began to appear which talked about dentists in Chicago practicing what was quickly becoming modern orthodontics. The rest of the world decided to look the other way while this cosmetic dentistry movement was booming in our country, but there were many institutions here which saw the grand potential that orthodontics held for the future of dentistry. The government gave a considerable number of grants to young dentists that were studying the ways that cosmetic dentistry could be developed into an art and a science, and that is one of the main reasons why we were able to advance so quickly in that field, while other wouldn’t join us for decades.
The grouping together of orthodontists into larger groups helped create the needed public attention that orthodontists needed to gain status as an important part of overall dental care. Today it is very common to see groups like, www.doctorinvisalign.com, but thirty years ago it took a group of progressive dentists to start the first orthodontic agencies in the country. As groups formed, composed of orthodontists and traditional dentist, the public began to see the field of orthodontics in a new light. The new dental clinics that offered orthodontic work alongside more traditional dentistry were essential during the beginning of the orthodontic field. If it were not for all the innovative young dentists in this country, all of these amazing smiles we have today may have never been possible.