Older people 'looking to orthodontics for cosmetic gain'

Orthodontic treatments such as braces are becoming increasingly popular among over 50s looking to improve their appearance, according to new research.

A report by the British Orthodontic Society has revealed that dental treatments among adults are rising in popularity as patients are taking better care of the aesthetic appearance of their teeth until well into their 60s.

The research tallies with figures provided by the NHS, which demonstrated a three per cent increase over 2008-09 in the number of courses of treatment delivered in the UK compared to the year before.

Dr Anoop Maini, a member of the board of directors of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), said: "People are more interested in the way that their teeth look, [so] the general interest in cosmetic dentistry all over for adults is on the increase."

The BACD spokesman also cited recent advances in brace technology as a reason for the increased interest, as modern brackets and wires are relatively inconspicuous and can improve the look of teeth in around six months.

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