Number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK remains high

Number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK remains high

A British Orthodontic Society survey reveals that three quarters (75%) of orthodontists in new survey report an increase in adult private patients. Over half (60%) say this is due to heightened awareness of adult orthodontics and more than 10% of orthodontists say their adult patients are influenced by celebrities and bloggers.

The survey, conducted in July 2019 among BOS members, was designed to gather new data about orthodontics and patient choices in the UK. Asked if they were seeing an increase in private adult treatment, 75% said yes. The majority of adult patients (80%) are in the 26 to 55 age bracket.  The survey revealed that adult patients are most likely to be female (80%). 

However, the number of men seeking treatment appears to be on the rise. 20% of the respondents to the survey estimate that half of their adult patients are male.

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

  • Over 75% supply fixed braces with clear aesthetic brackets
  • Over 30% supply lingual braces
  • 70% supply clear aligners

Peter McCallum, BOS Director of External Relations, commented: “It’s interesting to see the number of adults interested in orthodontic treatment remains high. If you are interested in treatment for yourself, it’s important to seek an opinion from a professional who has the training and skill to diagnose and treat a variety of orthodontic issues. 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 informed choice cannot be over-estimated.”


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