Welcome to UK Adult Braces

A blog for adults considering or undergoing orthodontic treatment

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.

Orthodontic treatment improves quality of life!

As someone who has recently undertaken orthodontic treatment I can confidently say that I have experienced so many benefits from having braces. These have included improved confidence, an improved oral health regime and better selfies! In a recent post, Prof. Kevin...

A new braces blog from Lisa

Lisa has recently started with braces as an adult and has posted a really informative video on her first few weeks with braces together with advice on what foods to avoid and how to keep your teeth in great shape during orthodontic treatment. Lisa commented that she...

Twitter #retainers

Social media provides a great insight into many topics and orthodontics is no exception. It always amazes me how many tweets about braces are posted every day so I thought I would do a series of posts about what I have discovered so far. This post is all about...

A new braces blog from Lydia

Lydia has recently started with fixed upper and lower braces and has produced a really nice video that explains how she has found the first couple of months. She also makes some great suggestions as to what you need to get to make life with braces easier....

Orthodontic Therapy

Orthodontic therapy By Sarah Macdonald DipOrthTher RCSEd I often wonder, If i wasn’t straightening teeth, what on earth else would I be doing? For me this is the dream job, hands on, technical work, willing patients (mostly) and an enthusiastic team around me. But it...

Rachel has finished her treatment

Rachel, who writes the engaging 'a nesting nomad' travel blog has finished her lingual braces treatment and in this final instalment, describes the de-bonding process and the fitting of her retainers. It's been great following her progress and if you are thinking...

Orthodontic X-Rays – by Dr. Paroo Mistry – Part 2

In part two of her article, Dr Paroo Mistry looks at two other X-Rays that may be taken when planning orthodontic treatment. Part one can be viewed here Upper Standard Occlusal This X-ray is taken with the same X-ray machine used to take bitewings and periapicals,...

How do braces work?

In this simple but informative video, you get to see how braces work and the process of bone remodelling taking place as your teeth move. https://youtu.be/6zzA4BU2e58  

A coffee with Dr Richard George

n a new series of posts, I’m interviewing orthodontists around the UK and posing questions that patients may like to ask. To start, I’m delighted to introduce you to Dr Richard George.

How lingual braces are fitted

In this informative video produced by 3M and Dr Steffen Decker, you can see all the steps involved in the indirect bonding of lower lingual Incognito braces. https://youtu.be/NcsVgWs0mlo

Orthodontic X-Rays – by Dr. Paroo Mistry – Part 1

Why do we take X-rays when planning orthodontic treatment? There are three main X-rays that I take when planning orthodontic treatment for my patients. These are the Dentopantomogram (DPT or OPG), Lateral Cephalogram (Lateral Ceph) and the Upper Standard Occlusal...

DIY Orthodontics and IPR

It is possible to undertake teeth straightening without visiting an orthodontist or a dentist through an online provider of aligners. With this service, patients are sent trays and take their own impressions and return these along with some selfie photo's of their...

A braces update from Rachel

In another instalment on her braces blog, Rachel describes the amazing progress she has made in just six months. The gap between her front teeth has closed and now her orthodontist is working on the finishing touches so that she can finish treatment early in 2017. Her...

Transitioning to Aligners

In another update on her great adult braces blog, Steffanie, describes her experiences with an expander and finishing with conventional metal braces and starting with Invisalign. You can read her latest post here. Although still a way off finishing, it has been...

Finding an orthodontist

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) have a feature on their website to help you find an orthodontist. This can be useful when you are either looking for a specific orthodontist that you may have heard about or been recommended to you or to find out about practices...

BOS Patient Panel

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) have announced today that they have set up a new Patient Panel to input into issues that concern patients. To start, there will be three members of the panel, Professor Tim Newton from King’s College London Dental Institute, Anna...

Airport brace buddies

I find myself travelling quite frequently with my job and to catch up with friends and family so I am no stranger to airports. Travelling out of Gatwick on an all too frequent basis has meant that I have had the opportunity to visit all the restaurants in the terminal...

Facial profiles following orthodontic extractions

In a post yesterday I commented that one issue that may influence a decision to get braces might be the need for extractions prior to starting treatment. This concern may be around the procedure, pain afterwards or that the loss of teeth may lead to profile changes....

British Orthodontic Society

If you view nothing else before getting braces, please watch this great video from the British Orthodontic Society.

The British Orthodontic Society have also produced a patient leaflet explaining your choices and what you need to consider before getting braces.  The leaflet can be viewed here