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This side-by-side comparison of braces old and new illustrates the technological advances of the first 100 years of orthodontics. At left is a set of full-banded braces, circa 1929, fashioned from gold (on the top teeth) and metal. Today, brackets can be translucent, with heat-activated nickel-titanium wires developed through NASA, as shown at right. (Courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists)