Orthodontic Treatments Among Adults 'Remains High'


Those of you thinking about seeking orthodontic treatments from your dentist in Guildford might be reassured by the fact that you certainly won’t be the only one out there considering this kind of treatment.

New research from the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has just revealed that that the number of adults seeking orthodontics in the UK is still high, with 75 per cent of practitioners saying they’re seeing an increase in private adult treatment.

And more than half said they’re putting this down to increased awareness of these kinds of treatments, while over ten per cent said their adult patients are being influenced by bloggers and celebrities when it comes to their teeth.

“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 overestimated,” BOS director of external relations Peter McCallum said.

More than 75 per cent said they supply fixed braces with clear aesthetic brackets, more than 30 per cent supply lingual braces that are fixed behind the teeth and 70 per cent chose to supply clear aligners. But the most popular system and one which is provided by more than 98 per cent of orthodontists is fixed braces on the front of teeth - also known as train tracks.

Top tips for adults with braces

Remember that once you have braces fitted, your teeth will need extra attention in order to protect them from gum disease, decay and staining. Avoid eating the likes of chewy sweets, crunchy or hard food so you don’t damage your braces.

Always brush your teeth after each time you eat, whether it’s a full meal or a small snack. Food can easily become trapped in your braces and the longer this food stays in your braces, the greater risk there is of dental problems as a result.

Floss at least once a day between your braces but also under the wires as well. Invest in waxed floss as this is less likely to get caught on your braces.

The first few days you have with your braces, try to eat soft foods like scrambled eggs, soup and smoothies until you’re more used to having them in your mouth. Cut your food into small pieces to help prevent it from getting caught in your braces and to avoid any potential discomfort.