Welcome to UK Adult Braces

A blog for adults considering or undergoing orthodontic treatment

British Orthodontic Conference

The orthodontic patients blog

If you are thinking about getting braces, have just started wearing them, have had them for some time or are just interested in orthodontics, this site will be of interest to you.  It contains articles on everything from traditional metal braces to the latest lingual braces, Invisalign, invisible braces, clear brackets, retainers, how to get by with braces, the latest advances in orthodontics, new products and services, dental news and exhibitions. There are also links to some great adult braces blogs and video’s, articles written by orthodontists, orthodontic staff and patients, orthodontic academic research and opinion as well as plenty of general information about what it is like to undertake adult orthodontics and how to survive wearing braces.

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What’s on the blog

Wearing braces

Find out what it is really like to have braces as an adult

Information

You will find a large number of posts about braces helping you to make an informed decision about treatment

Interviews

You can get a fascinating insight into the people who work in orthodontics

Braces

Find out about the different types of braces from people who have already undertaken orthodontic treatment

Aligners

Are aligners an alternative to traditional braces, find out more

Bloggers

Read some great posts from other bloggers who have written about their braces experiences

Retainers

Learn about the different types of retainers and what your options might be

News and Research

Articles about orthodontics, services, practices, evidence based orthodontics and treatments

Options and choices

Discover all the options for orthodontic treatment to help you make the right decision

Latest blog posts

A new braces blog from Ruth

I first discovered Ruth a month or so ago when we chatted via a Twitter weekly online meet-up for bloggers. She lives up in my part of the world (the far north of Scotland) although is still around 3 hours away out to the east in Aberdeen. Ruth only recently started...

How much do braces cost?

Probably one of the most commonly asked orthodontic questions on the internet is 'how much do braces cost?' so in this post, I'm taking a look at the direct and indirect cost of getting braces. Most dental and orthodontic practices with an up to date website, have a...

Do braces affect speech?

One of my readers posed the great question, 'do braces affect speech' and it's one I don't think I've covered in much detail before. I've written about speaking with retainers and have briefly mentioned speech in several other related posts but as I'm sure this is...

Faster orthodontics with MOPs?

In another interesting post from Prof. Kevin O’Brien, he reviews some research undertaken in Jordan looking at whether micro-osteoperforation can speed up tooth movement.

Curious about aligner treatment?

Smilelign is a British aligner company based in Sheffield with a large network of dental practices across the UK. They offer the opportunity to try a passive aligner before deciding on whether this type of treatment is suitable for you.

A final braces blog post from Jade

In what is likely to be a final braces post from Jade, she reveals her lovely new smile and some thoughts about getting and wearing braces as an adult. There are several quotes from this post which resonate with my own experiences and those of many of my readers...

Dental Monitoring

A tweet from an orthodontic practice caught my attention this morning. It referred to a new way to remotely monitor orthodontic aligner treatment by taking a photo of your teeth with a smartphone which is then analysed by software which detects tooth movement. The...

A coffee with Dr. Simon Littlewood

Please introduce yourself I'm Simon Littlewood, Consultant & Specialty Lead in Orthodontics at St Luke's Hospital, Bradford. I am also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Leeds Dental Institute, University of Leeds How does the work of a hospital-based consultant...

British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show

Last week I traveled to Birmingham to attend the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show. This two-day event is one of the largest dental events in the year and encompasses all aspects of dentistry. The event is restricted to those involved in dentistry and is...

3M Clarity Aligners

3M have very recently announced they have entered the aligner market by introducing their own brand of 'Clarity' aligners. Very few details of the aligners are available at the moment but if you are interested in seeing a video on their aligners, click here Image ©...

Self ligating vs conventional brackets

In this short video, you can see the difference between self-ligating and conventional brackets. There is much debate about whether self-ligating brackets offer faster or more comfortable treatment so this is something you will need to discuss with your orthodontist....

What are self-ligating brackets?

In this short video from 3M, you can see what a self-ligating bracket is. There is much debate about the merits of self-ligating brackets and whether they offer faster or more comfortable orthodontic treatment but from a patient perspective, the brackets can appear to...

World Orthodontic Health Day

15th May is World Orthodontic Health Day. The aim of the day is to celebrate the health benefits orthodontics can bring to patients. The World Federation of Orthodontists is behind this initiative and chose the date because this is the anniversary of the formation of...

Number of adults seeking treatment continues to rise

New figures released by The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) to coincide with National Smile Month, which starts on 14th May 2018, reveals the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the UK continues to rise. The survey, conducted in March 2018 among BOS...

Bonded wire retainers

In a recent post by Prof. Kevin O'Brien, the issue of a possible long term problems with bonded wire (fixed) retainers is examined. In the examples shown, it is suggested that the wire retainer has exerted an unfavourable force on one or more teeth possibly as a...

We are on Instagram

We are now on Instagram! I was sorting through some orthodontic photos over the weekend in preparation for some new posts coming over the next week or two and realised I had a large nunber of great pictures taken at events I have attended over the last few years. I...

Why we chose metal braces

Isabelle has produced some great adult braces videos and to finish her series off, she has asked some other brace wearers to share their insights on having orthodontic treatment. In this video, she asks why they chose to have metal braces....

Orthodontic special offers

In just about every other industry, you will find seasonal or product special offers and orthodontics is no exception. Every January, a time when we all like to make some New Year resolutions that we may or may not stick to, quite a few orthodontic practices promote...

A braces update from Jade

In another great blog post, Jade talks about what she has learned from having braces. She talks about confidence and pride which is something many adult braces wearers can relate to. You can read her post here Her other posts can be found...

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