Three in four orthodontists report increase in adults seeking treatment

Almost one third in UK considering or completed orthodontic treatment

More than three quarters (76%) of orthodontists report an increase in adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment within the past three years.

This is according to a new survey carried out by the British Orthodontic Society.

The rise of online working/socialising and video calls is having an impact with over half of orthodontists (65%) saying this is a factor for seeking treatment. In addition, more than one third (38%) say their adult patients are influenced by influencers and celebrities.

The majority of adult patients (83%) are in the 26 to 55 age bracket.

A significant 88% of orthodontists surveyed are concerned that more patients will be seeking ‘DIY’ treatment options as a result of the pandemic and move to digital communication and commoditisation of healthcare.

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Interest remains high

Anjli Patel, BOS director of external relations, said: ‘It is great to see the number of adults interested in orthodontics remains high and we want to ensure patients are given the very best advice about orthodontic treatment.

‘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 survey was carried out online in April 2023.

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