A look at the factors driving the trend towards textbook perfect smiles

Orthodontic devices have become more relevant than ever in a society preoccupied with mirroring the dazzling designer smiles shown off by celebrities and reality TV stars. So much so that braces in Milton Keynes have outstripped the archaic judgements that stopped adults from pursuing treatment to straighten their teeth. Braces used to be relegated to the world of children and teenagers but this is no longer the case. In a surprising turnaround, teeth-correcting devices are more than just making an appearance in the adult world – they are making a statement. Attaining the textbook perfect smile through teeth straightening and other cosmetic dental treatments has become the all important focus

A new survey sheds light on the popular rise of teeth-straightening devices in adult patients. Findings from a recent poll conducted by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) revealed that the dental industry in the UK has seen a significant rise in the demand for the different types of dental devices available today. About 75 percent of the dental practitioners who participated in the survey reported that 80 percent of the adult patients wanting orthodontic devices belonged to the 26 to 55 age group.

It is widely accepted that the rising trend for adult braces is by and large due to social media influencers and celebrities, dental practitioners also believe that heightened awareness of the availability and the diverse variety of dental devices have also played a part.

Accessible, advanced and affordable braces treatments

The statistics provided by the BOS poll raises an interesting question. Why are adults no longer turning away from but rather towards braces? There is no longer a stigma attached to wearing them.

In addition to being seen as more socially acceptable, other barriers to wanting brace treatment have also been banished to become ancient history. For instance, the high visibility factor has been addressed by the introduction of practically invisible alternative options such as clear aligner trays and lingual braces. The plastic trays have the additional benefit of being more comfortable to wear. And treatments have become more accessible, advanced and more affordable.

Dentist recommended best practices for proper braces care

Whether patients opt for fixed dental devices or removable aligner trays, all types of braces treatments should meet certain at-home care guidelines, best-practice cleaning routines and dentist recommended maintenance for oral health. The NHS advise that greater care is required to look after teeth-straightening devices. Neglecting to follow the dental practitioner’s advice increases the likelihood of two disastrous consequences: impacting the health of the mouth and risking the desired outcome of the treatment plan along with the accompanied monetary investment.

 Appropriate cleaning

All types of braces require some form of cleaning. Fixed metal devices require a bit more time and effort to ensure all food particles trapped in brackets and attachments are completely removed

Aligner trays can be removed before eating so require less effort to clean, however, cleaning them should not be neglected. This can be done using suitable cleaning crystals and rinsing out the trays with tepid water.

Proper dental health maintenance

The last thing any patient wants is to end up with dental complications that require further treatment. The best form of dental health maintenance remains having a professional dental practitioner examine the mouth on a routine basis, as this can ensure timely interventions are implemented at the first signs of potential problems.

 For more information on what forms part of a dental assessment, contact your local dentist.

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