Survey shows number of UK adults seeking orthodontic treatment remains high
LONDON, UK: Though orthodontic treatment was once thought to be something only for teenagers, its generally non-invasive nature has led to it becoming something that adult patients increasingly request. A new survey of orthodontists by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has confirmed this, as an increase in adult private patients was reported by 75% of the respondents.
The survey, conducted last month among BOS members, was designed to gather new data about orthodontics and patient choices in the UK. The results revealed that adult patients are more likely to be female, in the 26–55 years age range, and primarily treated with fixed orthodontic appliances with clear aesthetic brackets or with clear aligners.
According to the BOS, 60% of the respondents said that the increase in their number of adult private patients was due to a heightened awareness of adult orthodontic options. More than 10% of orthodontists added that celebrities and bloggers can influence their adult patients.
Dr Peter McCallum, BOS Director of External Relations, commented: “It’s interesting to see the number of adults interested in orthodontic treatment remains high. 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.”