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Adult braces are more popular than ever before

In years gone by, braces were associated with teenagers and youngsters battling orthodontic imperfections, but today, the story is very different. While braces remain a very effective treatment for children with issues that affect tooth alignment, more and more adults are opting to have orthodontic treatment.

According to the British Orthodontic Society, three quarters of members have experienced an increase in the demand for adult orthodontics, with many practices deciding to invest in state of the art equipment to provide their clients with the latest treatments on the market. Barclays Bank has almost doubled the amount of money lent to dentists in the last two years.

Experts believe that the soaring popularity of adult braces is due to a combination of factors, including a positive shift in attitude towards adult treatment, the development and availability of new, discreet, rapid treatments, and the rise of the selfie and social media. The images that we tend to see of smiles in the media and social feeds depict flawless teeth, and dentists are seeing more patients who come in with an idea of what they want their smile to look like based on celebrity looks and photographs from social platforms or magazines. Celebrity endorsements have also made braces a bit cooler than they used to be, with famous faces like Fearne Cotton and Miley Cyrus among those to take the plunge and undergo treatment during their adult years.

Lucy Setter was 27 when she decided to have braces. Having had two children, Lucy decided that she wanted to focus on herself a bit more. She had been to see an orthodontist at the age of 14, but was scared to have braces and decided against treatment. She then went for a consultation at the age of 19, but again put treatment off, as braces are only available free of charge on the NHS for children. Later in life, Lucy wanted to feel more confident, and she found a dentist that offered a payment plan. Now, having had braces and two more children, Lucy said she finally feels confident when she smiles, and this has filtered into every aspect of her life.

Could drawn-out bottomless brunches be putting your smile in danger?

Brunch has become something of a weekend essential in recent years. As more and more people are sharing snapshots of bottomless brunches on their social media feeds, dentists are warning of the dangers of drawn-out, all-day, all-you-can-eat weekend meals.
There’s no doubt that going out for brunch with friends or family is a great way to unwind at the weekend, but dentists are encouraging people to take note of the potential implications of drinking acidic drinks and eating sugary foods over a prolonged period of time. The concept of bottomless brunches urges you to drink and eat as much you want while taking your time. Although this may sound ideal, the rising popularity of the languid brunch isn’t good news for your teeth.
Experts have warned that lengthy meals have a negative impact on your oral health. This is because drinks like prosecco and brunch-friendly cocktails are acidic and eating over a period of time prolongs the length of acid attacks. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth feed, and this prompts them to release acids, which weaken your tooth enamel. It takes around an hour for the enamel to harden again. If you’re grazing during the day, there is no opportunity for remineralisation to take place and the teeth will become susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Dentists have also seen an increase in cases of reflux, which contributes to enamel erosion caused by stomach acids.
Acid erosion is a problem that cannot be reversed, but it can be prevented by taking good care of your teeth and gums and avoiding eating and drinking sugary and acidic drinks between meals.
Dentists aren’t saying that you can never go out for brunch, but they are advising people to view indulgent, drawn-out meals and alcoholic breakfasts and lunches as a treat to be enjoyed once in a while rather than every weekend.

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