Orthodontists across the UK, those working in Affordable Dental Solutions Limerick among them, have noted an increase in the number of adult patients walking into their offices looking for treatment, including getting braces in order to get their teeth straightened out.
This was backed up by recent figures from the British Orthodontic Society, which noted that the number of adults in the UK that go for orthodontic treatment does, indeed, remain high.
Their data, acquired by surveying respondents, noted that the majority of patients are women aged 26-55 years, though the data shows that the number of men that are heading for their nearest orthodontic office is also on the rise.
One of the most common orthodontic treatment is to get braces, and the field’s general purview is the fixing of crooked, protruding, or crowded teeth, improving their appearance and their alignment. Treatments usually happen when kids get their first adult teeth, which start happening around the age of 12.
Cookstown, County Tyrone orthodontist Marc Slevin says that he’d noticed the increase of patients in the past 10 years, noting that there are a lot of people coming through their doors for treatments. Some of them, he notes, are people who are coming back, due to having new issues with their teeth.
Slevin says that these people might have had braces in the past, then lost their retainers or failed to properly care for them and, now, their teeth have moved into positions they don’t like, something they are more aware of now than in the past.
He says that social media might play a part in this, guessing that, with people posting pictures of themselves on social media, their smiles are now more apparent than ever, including any flaws in their teeth. The orthodontist believes that this might be one of the major reasons why people are heading for Affordable Dental Solutions Limerick or whatever the closest orthodontic practice is to get a better smile.
Slevin noted that even the older adults, people in their 50s and 60s, are getting treatment, for what is usually the first time in their lives, which is a notable development.