Adults seeking more orthodontic treatment

shutterstock_136774271A new BOS survey reveals the rising number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK

  • 75% of respondents report an increase in adult treatment
  • 66% of adult patients are 26-40yrs

Figures released by The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) reveal the rising number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK. A new survey, conducted in June 2016, and designed to gather data about adult orthodontics in the UK, was sent to BOS members working in high street practices.

Survey findings reveal:

  • 75% of respondents are seeing an increase in adult treatment.
  • Key drivers for treatment appear to be heightened awareness of adult orthodontics alongside rising expectations on how treatment can positively impact on both appearance and well-being.
  • A quarter of respondents are starting more than 50 new adult cases each year.
  • Of adult patients in mixed and private practices: 66% of patients are 26-40 year olds and 22% are 41-55. More than 10% are 18-25
  • More than 80% of respondents have practices with 50% or more private adult patients. Of that number, the majority are female patients but many men are also opting for treatment.


Orthodontics isn’t simply about straight teeth but can make a difference to your appearance, your bite and your overall health.  It’s a speciality that blends art and science.

To meet the rising demand for adult orthodontics BOS recently launched The BOS Guide: Orthodontics for Adults – designed for patients to read before they see a clinician.  It covers all aspects of orthodontic decision-making: why, how, where and who. Each section has key points or tips which guide the patient towards getting the information they need to make the right choice for them.

Alison Murray, President of the British Orthodontic Society, said:

‘We welcome the growth of interest in orthodontic treatment. Many adults who have undergone orthodontic treatment report higher levels of self-esteem and their quality of life is often significantly improved.’



All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from BOS.  The survey was carried out online and received over 430 responses. The BOS membership is open to dentists and orthodontists working in a variety of settings, from hospital to high street practice, from academia to community clinics. The survey was aimed at orthodontists and dentists in high street practices.

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