12 May

More than 75% of dentists have seen an upturn in requests for adult orthodontics

Over 75% of orthodontists have experienced an uptick in requests for adult orthodontics in the last year.

Statistics from the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) revealed that more than three-quarters (84%) of orthodontists reported a spike in adult patients, while 60% of those surveyed said that the rise in demand was higher than anticipated. 

Dentists believe that the ‘Zoom boom’ has played a role in the increase in demand for adult treatment, with many people becoming more conscious of their image and appearance as a result of spending more time on video calls and platforms and apps like Zoom. Anjli Patel, director of external relations at the BOS, said that there has been an influx of patients due to the effects of Zoom meetings and being more aware of our own appearance. 

Increased awareness of adult treatments has also contributed to rising levels of interest. Many adults will have grown up thinking that braces are for teenagers and they might have assumed that fixed braces were the only treatment option. Today, there is an array of different types of braces available and adult treatment is much more common. People who might have been reluctant to have treatment in the past are now more inclined to straighten their teeth because they have access to discreet solutions, such as clear and removable braces, and they can have treatment faster. There are also more finance options, which have made braces more accessible to a wider range of clients. 

The lockdown might also have enabled some people who might not have been able to afford to have dental treatment prior to the Covid-19 pandemic to save up. While some people are struggled financially, there have been opportunities for those who have been working to put money aside at a time when it wasn’t possible to spend money on socialising, booking trips or buying clothes, for example. 

In addition to adult orthodontics, there has also been a significant increase in demand for cosmetic dental treatments, such as tooth whitening, veneers and composite bonding.