The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK is continuing to rise, new figures reveal.
In a survey conducted amongst British Orthodontic Society (BOS) members, 80% of respondents said they were seeing an increase in private adult treatment, compared with 75% in 2016.
The treatments being provided to patients include:
- Over 75% supply fixed braces with clear aesthetic brackets
- Over 35% supply lingual braces (fixed behind the teeth)
- Over 75% supply clear aligners.
‘It’s gratifying to see the number of adults interested in orthodontic treatment continuing to rise,’ Richard George, BOS director of external relations, said.
‘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 choice cannot be over-estimated.’
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Rise in patients
Females aged 26 to 40 are the most likely adult patients looking for treatment, the survey revealed.
Despite this, the number of men seeking treatment is also on the rise, with 19% of respondents estimating that half of their adult patients are male, compared with 13% in 2016.
The most popular form of orthodontic treatment is fixed braces on the front teeth, with 98% or orthodontists offering this.