Welcome to UK Adult Braces

A blog for adults considering or undergoing orthodontic treatment

We would love to share what we have learned through this blog about patient engagement and work with you to develop your orthodontic practice.

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

A new study on retention

Does this new study on the longer-term effects of retention provide the patient with a better insight into which retainer to use after treatment?

An Invisalign update from Lucie

In her most recent post, Lucie shares an update on her progress, some strangely shaped aligners and her thoughts on undertaking aligner treatment.

Top ten retainer tips

If you are going to get your teeth straightened, you are going to need to seriously think about retention post-treatment. Teeth are liable to move after you finish active treatment and retainers are provided by your orthodontist to help stop this from happening. Here...

ClearCorrect Aligners

ClearCorrect is a US-based manufacturer of aligners who provide aligners to UK based patients. In this really great video, the company explains how aligners work, what actually makes the teeth move and why it is important to wear your aligners for the required number...

ASA ruling on AcceleDent advertising

AcceleDent is a device marketed to orthodontic patients to help speed up treatment and to reduce discomfort. It consists of a mouthpiece which you gently bite into and micro vibrations from the device help to increase 'cellular activity' necessary for bone remodeling...

Top ten ‘getting started’ braces tips

If you are thinking about getting braces, congratulations, it's something you won't regret. To get you started, here are my top ten 'getting started' braces tips. 1. Take some time to do your research. There are many different treatment options provided by a large...

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...

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