Welcome to UK Adult Braces

A blog for adults considering or undergoing orthodontic treatment

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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


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


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


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


Are aligners an alternative to traditional braces, find out more


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


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

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...

Invisalign tips from Lucie

In another great video from Lucie, she provides tips and advice based on her first few weeks with Invisalign. https://youtu.be/r-K0lhJBfYo  

Ugly metal braces?

A while ago, I saw a tweet from one orthodontic practice who used the words 'ugly metal braces'. As a former brace wearer who chose to have metal brackets rather than other options, I took exception to this and challenged the wording used. The tweet quickly...

Can vibration speed up orthodontic treatment?

If you were to ask an adult patient what experience they wanted from orthodontic treatment, I'm sure many would answer that they wanted it completed as quickly as possible. Manufacturers or various orthodontic systems and devices are well aware of this and you will...

A great braces video blog

In a great series of video's, Isabelle takes you through her adult braces experience with some really clear explanations as to why she started treatment and her experience of having metal brackets as an adult. https://youtu.be/4SNO2OpPjd4  

Staring at a straight wire

When you first get your braces, you will usually start with a very light and flexible wire. In your hands, this wire feels incredibly delicate and thin but once attached to some brackets, produces some amazing results really quickly. This first phase of your treatment...

Some predictions for 2018

I usually start the New Year with a post about the benefits of orthodontics and encouraging those who are thinking about treatment to take their first step towards getting the smile they have always wanted. This year, in a break from previous years, I'm going to write...

2017 Another great year for UK Adult Braces

2017 has been another fantastic year for UK Adult Braces! I'm very grateful for the huge support I am getting for this site and continue to see the readership grow each month. There have been a number of highlights for me this year and in this post I will share these...

An Invisalign blog from Lucie

Lucie has recently started getting her teeth straightened with Invisalign. She previously looked at DIY braces with Smile Direct and after reading some reviews, decided to not pursue this option and to visit a dentist to explore getting her teeth straightened with...

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Philips very kindly sent me one of their new Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrushes to review and over the last couple of months I have been using this brush and exploring all that it has to offer. In this first article, I will be explaining what you get in the box...

British Orthodontic Conference 2017

I was delighted to receive an invitation from the British Orthodontic Society to their annual orthodontic conference which was held in Manchester. I arrived the evening before and found my way to my hotel near the Salford Quays. There is an excellent tram system in...

iTero Scanning

Whilst attending the recent BDIA dental show in Birmingham, Invisalign kindly invited to try the iTero intraoral scanner and I can assure you, it's not as easy as it looks! Once comfortably seated behind the 'phantom head' I was instructed to start scanning the...

Orthodontic bands

During a recent visit to the fascinating orthodontic museum at the British Orthodontic Society in London, I was chatting to the Sophie, the curator, about the collection and we were discussing what the patient experience might have been like previously. The image...

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