Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 18, 2020
Nowadays more adults visit an orthodontist and get braces. This is no longer something for children and teens. According to a recent British Orthodontic Society survey in July 2019, there is a significant increase in adults getting brace treatment in the UK. The survey revealed that 80% of adults with braces are aged between 26 and 55 of which women make up the vast majority (also 80%).
As a London orthodontist who specializes only in orthodontic brace treatments, Dr Chaw Su Kyi also notices an increase of adults visiting her offices in West London and Harley Street. In the article, she explains why more adults are seeing an orthodontist now and choosing adult braces.
The main reason why more adults visit an orthodontist and choose brace treatment is an increased awareness of the importance of healthy, straight teeth. Dr Chaw Su Kyi is optimistic about the trend that more adults visit her offices on Harley Street and in West London. Where in the past children were advised to take braces, a large percentage of the parents did not make this choice. Many reasons can be named such as economics and self-confidence as a child. Adults now choose the treatment more consciously at a later age when they feel better in their skin and finances to make this choice. As it is more normal nowadays to get braces at a later age, people also feel more comfortable with it.
An orthodontic treatment, or brace treatment, can address many different dental issues, such as overbites and underbites, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and even incorrect jaw position. If these issues are not taken care of at a younger age they can result in serious teeth issues like tooth decay, gum disease, biting or chewing issues and even head- or earaches. Dr Chaw Su Kyi notices that many adults in her West London and Harley Street practices are aware of these potential risks and willing to invest in their dental health. As a specialist in braces treatment, Dr Kyi analyses the personal situation of all her patients carefully to recommend a brace treatment that is best suited in their situation. The latest innovative techniques, such as the rapid brace treatment and invisible braces techniques, are amongst the many available options for adult braces in Dr Kyi´s practices in West London and Harley Street.
Apart from the many health reasons, looking good is also a common reason for adults to straighten their teeth. Many celebrities have set a trend by getting braces and being open about it. It is not the main reason why more adults are seeing an orthodontist now. According to the BOS survey, only 10% of orthodontists say their adult patients are influenced by celebrities and bloggers. Even so, Dr Kyi notices that times have changed drastically over the last decade. Boosting confidence, enhancing a beautiful smile, looking better on photos or selfies are among the reasons why people choose braces at a later age. When choosing braces, dental health and improving your appearance go hand in hand.
If you are considering adult braces, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a qualified orthodontist. Dr Kyi is a highly trained London orthodontist who specializes only in orthodontic brace treatments. She is regarded as one of the best orthodontists in London because of her ample experience and patient satisfaction. Dr Kyi sees patients in West London and Harley Street.