Why So Many Women Are Getting Braces As An Adult

Mention the word ‘braces’ and you’d generally think of teenagers having orthodontic treatment for the first time in an attempt to straighten their teeth before they finish high school. Over the past ten years or so, however, there’s been a huge increase in the number of adults, especially women, choosing to have orthodontic treatment in their twenties and thirties and there’s literally thousands in the UK who start treatment each year. Some opt for invisible braces such as Invisalign whilst others are happy to sport traditional metal braces and add a real sparkle to their smile for a couple of years! What has, all of a sudden, encouraged these women, who surely could have had treatment as a teenager, take the leap and pay for private orthodontic treatment and wear braces for anything up to two or three years? To take a look at this in a little bit more depth, we’ve this week teamed up with Claire Nightingale from Queens Gate Orthodontics in Kensington.

Women Getting Braces

Celebrities Are Getting Braced

We can probably all name at least a couple of celebrities who’ve had braces fitted at the height of their fame and the list includes the likes of Holly Willoughby, Gwen Stefani and Myleene Klass, as well as celebrities such as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini revealing she’d worn Invisalign after her treatment was completed. With many opting to become a metal mouth (or in some instances, having traditional braces fitted with clear ceramic brackets) whilst in the limelight, this almost instantly makes braces fashionable and encourages many to follow their idols and straighten their teeth! The mindset which this instills upon the nation is that it’s far more important to have a perfect smile for life than worry about having braces for a few years!

Getting Braced

They’re Becoming Less Inconspicuous 

Braces are becoming far less inconspicuous with both almost invisible clear aligners such as Invisalign as well as clear ceramic brackets making for a far more aesthetic treatment. You no longer have to be a metal mouth in order to have straight teeth, however many love the sparkle which the metal adds to their smile and wear their braces as a fashion accessory whilst they complete their treatment.

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A Second Time Treatment

Many women have previously had braces as a teenager, with it generally being the case that far more girls get braces than guys. Girls seem far more focussed upon the end result and the number who you see sporting pink or purple elastics on their braces in high school, often as outlined above as a form of fashion accessory, is huge. There’s certainly no issue with teenagers getting braces and girls with crowded teeth seem only more than happy to undergo treatment, however the problem is that once their braces come off, they stop wearing their retainers after some time! As such, those who had braces as a teenager are often wishing they’d worn these after their braces came off and are deciding to have treatment once again, this time round carrying on retainer wear afterwards!

Second Time Treatment

All in all, there’s nothing to be ashamed of about having braces and with more and more women each year deciding to do something about their smile they’re ashamed of, it’s safe to say we’re going to see a lot more getting braced over the next few years!


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