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Survey finds increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment

By Dental Tribune International
July 28, 2016

LONDON, UK: Orthodontic treatment is becoming increasingly popular among adults in the UK, results of a survey by the British Orthodontic Society have indicated. Seventy-five per cent of respondents said they had seen a rise in treatment of patients over the age of 18.

Over a quarter of the respondents also stated that they had initiated 50 new cases of treatment a year, with greater demand from female patients.

The specialist body said that heightened awareness of adult orthodontic treatments and rising expectations regarding the positive impact of treatment on both appearance and well-being can be considered key drivers for this increase in demand.

“We welcome the growth of interest in orthodontic treatment,” Alison Murray, President of the British Orthodontic Society, said. “Many adults who have undergone orthodontic treatment report higher levels of self-esteem and their quality of life is often significantly improved.”

The survey was carried out over the course of June among 430 British Orthodontic Society members working in high-street practices throughout the UK. Of those who responded, the majority are employed in practices with 50 per cent or more private patients.

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