More adults want ortho treatment

More adults want ortho treatment

A new British Orthodontic Society survey released for National Smile Month reveals that the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK continues to rise. Orthodontists asked if they were seeing an increase in private adult treatment, 80% said yes. This figure compares to 75% in 2016.

The survey showed:

  • 80% of orthodontists in new survey report increase in adult private patients
  • Clear aligners are on the increase but fixed braces still most widely recommended option
  • More men appear to be seeking treatment
  • More than 10% of orthodontists say their adult patients are influenced by celebrities and bloggers

When asked what kind of braces they provide to their patients, orthodontists revealed a cross section of approaches:

  • Over 75% supply fixed braces with clear aesthetic brackets
  • Over 35% supply lingual braces (fixed behind the teeth)
  • Over 75% supply clear aligners

The survey showed that adult patients are most likely to be female and in the 26 to 40 age bracket. However, the number of men seeking treatment appears to be on the rise. 19% of the respondents to the survey estimate that half of their adult patients are male. This compares to 13% in 2016.

Richard George, BOS Director of External Relations, commented: “It’s gratifying to see the number of adults interested in orthodontic treatment continuing to rise. Our members, specialists and dentists with a special interest, offer a range of options for adults, enabling them to provide a solution to any kind of orthodontic problem. The value of choice cannot be over-estimated.


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