According to research done by the British Lingual Orthodontic Society, one-in-five adults would like to get braces as the trend for the ‘Hollywood Smile’ continues. Although orthodontic work can cost more than £5000 per patient, more and more people are opting to get braces as the treatment options become more discreet and less uncomfortable.
Dr Rob Davies, of Smile Centre in Cardiff, spoke to Wales Online about the trend, saying that the attitudes towards braces have changed dramatically over the last thirty years. He explained that ‘in the last five years or so there has been a big increase in awareness – everyone wants nice, white, straight teeth and they are willing to go through a little bit of discomfort or wear braces to get them.’
A spokeswoman for the British Dental Foundation said that many adult patients appear to be more concerned with the cosmetic aspect of orthodontic treatment, rather than the functional need to correct the bite. She also said ‘With more media coverage focusing on appearance and celebrities, the general public feel more pressured in achieving the perfect smile. With modern techniques, dental appliances can be made less visible, compared with traditional train-track braces.’