Museum and Archive at the BOC 2019

BOC 2019

Orthodontics in the 1950s was quite different to current day treatment. Fixed appliances were fixed with stainless steel bands around each tooth and due to import restrictions after the Second World War, nearly all the components of an appliance had to be made by hand. As it could take three or four hours to fit a fixed appliance, most treatment was carried out with removable appliances by dentists with little orthodontic training. Visitors to the Museum’s stand at this year’s BOC had the chance to see some of these early appliances and have a go at making a ripple bracket using a ripple bracket press and stainless steel tape. The stand also included an interactive digital display of a series of oral history interviews carried out with orthodontic consultants to mark 70 years since the first orthodontic consultant, John Hooper, was appointed in 1950.

The stand is an important way for the museum to reach BOS members. It is always interesting to hear delegates’ stories of using the appliances and tools in the collection.

The BOC lecture programme included some very interesting lectures with an historical angle; Bill Shaw’s ‘Reflections of a Glasgow boy’ was a moving and fascinating overview of his career and several of the museum’s objects made an appearance in the presentation accompanying John Muir’s interesting lecture ‘The past, present and future of British orthodontics’, on the development of treatment throughout his career.

The BOC lecture programme included some very interesting lectures with an historical angle; Bill Shaw’s ‘Reflections of a Glasgow boy’ was a moving and fascinating overview of his career and several of the museum’s objects made an appearance in the presentation accompanying John Muir’s   interesting lecture ‘The past, present and future of British orthodontics’, on the development of   treatment throughout his career.

 

 

 

 

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