75% of respondents report an increase in adult treatment
66% of adult patients are 26-40yrs
A new survey undertaken by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has revealed that there has been a rise in the number of adult patient who seek orthodontic treatment in the UK.
The key reasons for the increase are due to a heightened awareness of the availability of treatment and the rising expectation and social demand for straight teeth.
At Confident, we also believe it is attributable to the availability of nearly invisible braces which makes treatment for adults more appealing.
The survey also revealed that the majority of patients are taking the initiative and referring themselves to an orthodontist rather waiting for their dentist to suggest this type of treatment.
Another interesting statistic was the amount of treatment being given to people who had previously opted for ‘fast’ treatments. 38% of the Orthodontics polled were re-treating patients who had tried “quick-fix” treatment options associated with “straight teeth in 6 months”, which in today’s impatient society has become very popular. These treatments often only concentrate on improving the positions of the upper front teeth and do not take into account the patient’s bite and may not include the recommended retainers at the end of the treatment to keep the teeth straight. Due to the nature of this type of treatment, further remedial treatment has often been required to correct the bite and retain the teeth correctly.
Confident Orthodontics do offer a range of treatments including Incognito Lite and Invisalign Lite, but these treatments are only offered following consideration of the bite and whether your teeth will in fact stay in place at the end of the treatment. If there is any doubt, the treatment plan may require more extensive treatment and we will always recommend retainers.
As a result of the survey and the growing number of adults wishing to have orthodontic treatment, the BOS have produced a guide BOS Guide to Orthodontic Treatment 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. There is also the video below.