Angle's Orthodontic Appliance


The inscription on the lid of this cardboard box reads “SET No. 1 / Angle’s Regulating and Retaining Appliance / PAT. MARCH 5TH 1889.” Dr. Edward Hartley Angle (1855-1930) was a dentist widely considered the “father of American orthodontics.” At the time of this invention, he was serving as Professor of Histology and Lecturer on Comparative Anatomy and Orthodontia in the Dental Department of the University of Minnesota.

Ref: Edward H. Angle, “Dental Tooth Regulating Screw,” U.S. Patent 399,177 (March 5, 1889).

L. P. Haskell, Student’s Manual of Mechanical Dentistry (Philadelphia, 1890), pp. 67-89.

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Credit Line: Gift of University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-09113Catalog Number: M-09113Accession Number: 218383

Object Name: Appliance, Retaining, Orthodonticretaining appliance set, orthodonticdental device setdental instrumentOther Terms: Appliance, Retaining, Orthodontic; Dentistry

Measurements: overall: 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 1.27 cm x 9.2075 cm x 6.6675 cm


Record Id: nmah_734902

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