The body of a French woman who died 400 years ago reveals that she used "braces" with gold wires

Scientists have discovered a strange trick of a French aristocrat whose body was found nearly 400 years after her death. She used gold wire to prevent her teeth from falling out.

The body of Anne Delegre, who died in 1619, was found during an archaeological excavation at the Château de Laval in northwestern France, mummified in a lead coffin, her skeleton and teeth in remarkably good condition.

A team of archaeologists and dentists determined that Delegre was suffering from a gum disease that led to her receding teeth.

And according to “Sky News Arabia,” an X-ray scan showed that the gold wire was used to hold and tighten many of her teeth, Delegre.

The researchers also discovered that she also had an artificial tooth made from elephant ivory and not from the hippopotamus, which was common at the time.

The researchers said that the gold wires needed repeated tension over the years, which further destabilized the adjacent teeth.

And there was tremendous pressure on aristocratic women at a time when appearance was seen as linked to value and rank in society.

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