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


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

Retention video from the British Orthodontic Society

I've often written about the importance of retention and I'm delighted to see that the British Orthodontic Society have produced an excellent video to support their new retention campaign #HoldthatSmile.  It's only a couple of minutes long and well worth watching....

It’s not what you eat

It's been a good year for apples. Our apple tree is full this year as are many of those in the orchards near our home. Sitting in the garden this afternoon after work I was thinking back to some great advice my orthodontist gave me the day I had my braces fitted, he...

The Northcroft Masks

At a recent event at the British Orthodontic Society headquarters in London, I was privileged to see the Northcroft Masks. I had heard about these before and was very much looking forward to the opportunity to see them and learn more about them and the dentist who...

Why do patients stop wearing their retainers?

Given the time and money adults invest in getting treatment and the ease of fitting retainer wear schedules into a busy life, you would think that adult patients would be incredibly compliant but is this the case?

Orthodontic technology is fascinating

I was recently invited by my orthodontist to have my teeth scanned to keep a digital record on file so that retainers can be manufactured in the future without the need to undergo more alginate impressions. This will also mean that if I lose my retainers and can't get...


If you are getting braces or an appliance to support your orthodontic treatment such as a TPA, there is a good change you will have bands on your back teeth rather than brackets. Bands are, as they sound, thin metal bands that are cemented to your teeth to provide...

A braces blog from Laura

Laura Wood has written a number of posts on her experience with Damon braces including a great post on tips for surviving braces.

Oral hygiene and orthodontics

In her second article, Orthodontic Therapist, Sarah MacDonald, discusses the important topic of oral hygiene and orthodontics.

A coffee with Dr. Asif Chatoo

In a fascinating interview discussing architecture to digital orthodontics, Dr Asif Chatoo shares his thoughts on lingual orthodontics.

A braces blog update from Jade

In her second blog post, Jade has written about what she has learned from braces so far. Many of her points resonate strongly with my experiences so if you are thinking about getting braces as an adult and are not sure what to expect in the first month, her post is...

Making whitening trays

After my chair side Zoom teeth whitening last week, I travelled to the dental lab where my trays were to be made to watch the process. The same process is followed for making 'Essix' retainers so I was interested to learn about the steps involved. Impressions were...

Self ligating brackets

If you are thinking about getting braces and have been doing your research you may have seen that some braces systems are 'self-ligating'. This means that the arch wire is held on with a clever mechanism in the bracket negating the need for elastic 'O' rings. There...

A 6 Months Smile update from Liza

Liza has been posting on her progress with 6 Month Smiles and in her latest video she talks about her experiences and the benefits of getting braces as an adult. Her video's are well worth watching and I have posted links to the others below. Why I Got Braces Braces 1...

A braces blog from Jade

Jade has recently started blogging about her experiences with adult braces. Although only just started, she describes why she wanted to get braces and the reasons behind her decision to not have Invisalign or clear brackets and to get metal brackets instead. I look...

Philips Zoom whitening

Ever since having my braces removed last year, I have wanted to get my teeth whitened. There are, of course, many ways to whiten teeth from using high powered electric toothbrushes, various whitening toothpastes, home whitening solutions and services provided in chair...

Invisalign – weekly aligner changes

Invisalign have announced that they are now allowing dental practitioners to offer their patients one-week aligner wear instead of the previously recommended two-week changes, allowing shorter treatment time. Previously, the custom-made aligners were always...

Better teeth for life

The British Orthodontic Society have launched a new guide 'Better Teeth for Life' which highlights the positive impact that orthodontic treatment can have on both oral health and emotional wellbeing The guide also provides practical tips on a patient’s role in...

Twitter #adultbraces

Searching on Twitter for #adultbraces reveals a fascinating insight into the world of adult orthodontics. Whilst nowhere near as many posts as #retainers, the posts generally seem to be really positive with many adults excited about the prospect of getting their teeth...

An Invisalign blog from Hayley

Following a link on Twitter, I came across another great blog, this time written by Hayley on her Invisalign treatment. Hayley has just started with Invisalign and has written two posts, the first covering her reasons for wanting to get braces as an adult and why she...

Faster orthodontic treatment

I'm sure one of the most pressing questions adult patients have at the start of orthodontic treatment is 'how long will my treatment take?' This may very well be a deciding factor in assessing whether to undertake full orthodontic treatment or a short term orthodontic...

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