Author Topic: Before orthodontics  (Read 735 times)

Offline Braceme

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Before orthodontics
« on: 21. December 2019, 05:36:54 AM »
If you were alive before orthodontics were common, do you think you would be equally interested in something else? If so, what would it be?

I enjoy the decisions someone with newly tightened braces has to make around the pain they cause themselves  >:D

Offline MikeB

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Re: Before orthodontics
« Reply #1 on: 21. December 2019, 19:53:37 PM »
That's a really interesting question. We bounced it around in the Orthodontics Worldwide chat and of course opinions varied a bit. My own thoughts:

I don't know of another historical era that would have produced the conditions that made my "interest" come to the forefront like it did. In most times before the recent era, I'd have likely been a poor or low-class working man, without the time, energy or education to pursue something as inherently frivolous as an interest in something comparable to braces (or anything not directly contributing to my day-to-day survival). We now have the luxuries of time and leisure that didn't exist for most people in history.

Thus, I suspect that, had I been born in an earlier era, I'd have never developed an interest in many things outside my direct needs.