Better teeth for life

BOS launches new resource for National Smile Month 2017

The British Orthodontic Society has launched a new online resource, The BOS Guide: Better teeth for life. It highlights the positive impact that orthodontic treatment can have on both oral health and emotional wellbeing and provides practical tips on a patient’s role in achieving excellent results.

This new guide is supported by recent research (1) undertaken at the University of Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry which found orthodontic treatment before the aged of 18 improves oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), with most reported improvement around emotional and social well-being.

The guide links in with World Oral Health Day which has been created by the World Federation of Orthodontists and both initiatives coincide with the UK’s National Smile Month run annually by the Oral Health Foundation.

Alison Murray, President of the British Orthodontic Society, said: ‘This new BOS Guide demonstrates how life-enhancing orthodontic treatment can be. We know that patients in braces are encouraged to keep their mouths really clean and there is
evidence that once treatment has been completed, patients continue to look after their teeth. Orthodontics should be the start of a lifetime of excellent dental health.’


1. Does orthodontic treatment before the age of 18 years improve oral health-related quality of life? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Hanieh Javidi, Mario Vettore, and Philip E. Benson Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2017;151:644-55

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