3 Reasons Why Cavemen Didn’t Need Braces

caveman smilingYou know how much your ARCH Orthodontist loves straightening smiles because to us, it’s more than just a job. Being an orthodontist in Greater Boston and Cape Cod gives us a chance to really help the communities and neighborhoods we live in have residents that are healthier and happier.

Believe it or not, orthodontics and orthodontists can actually be both fun and cool. (We know it sounds like a bit of a stretch, but if you don’t believe us, then you need to finish reading this blog.) This time around, we’re going to talk about cavemen and cavewomen and the fact that they didn’t need braces. Check out these reasons why…

Reason #1 – People from the Stone Age really didn’t have crooked teeth.

In an article published by the Stanford Press, they cited patterns described evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman in his book, “The Story of the Human Body.”

Lieberman says he’s seen thousands of skulls from all around the world, spanning centuries upon centuries. He found that most of the skulls collected over the past 100 years are filled with crowded teeth, riddled with cavities and infections. Compared these issues to the caveman skulls from the Stone Age, where Lieberman says hunter-gatherers had “nearly perfect teeth.” I guess your ARCH orthodontist would be out of a job back then!

Reason #2 – They had a different size jaw compared to us.

The Stanford Press article suggests that early human fossils rarely showed signs of malocclusion or bite issues. Your cavemen ancestors actually had wide jaws with roomy, aligned teeth and arches that any dentist or your ARCH orthodontist in Greater Boston and Cape Cod would love to treat. It seems that as time moved on, our jaws and bite changed too. This is mainly due to cultural shifts in how we eat, sleep, chew, and even breathe.

Reason #3 – There may have been some Paleo diet perks.

Folks in the Stone Age had those larger jaws and beautiful teeth because they lived on a diet of meat and vegetables that they hunted and gathered every day. Eventually, farms came into the picture, and people started to learn different ways to prepare, cook, and store food. This led to softer foods that were easily cut into smaller pieces with utensils, making your jaw do less work to chew and break down food. This is even more evident today, as our society eats processed foods that are less wearing on teeth.

Since we all can’t have a smile or teeth as perfect as a caveman, there’s an ARCH Orthodontics office conveniently located to your work or your kid’s school. We have state-of-the-art offices in Orleans, Hyannis, Stoughton, Hyde Park, Westwood, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, and Randolph ready to help fix your family’s smile issues. The earlier you see us, and we hear about your concerns, the greater the chance we have to give you the straight, healthy smile you deserve. (Just like the cavemen!)

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