Orthodontic braces now considered a fashion item for tweens and teens

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in News
Orthodontic braces now considered a fashion item for tweens and teens

Can you believe an item that used to inspire shame has now turned into a rite of passage, if not a fashion statement, for tweens and teens in Europe and in the USA? That’s what Financial Times’ journalist Gillian Tett announces in her latest article “Brace yourself“.

Braces used to be something “uncool” and “lame” when we were younger and even in early 2000s, kids with braces would often be called “metal mouth” or “bracehead”. That’s something we can’t deny. That is why even professional orthodontists like us are surprised at the fact that braces culture has undergone a dramatic change. According to Tett, 80% of American children are under the care of an orthodontist. Some start the treatment as early as 7 (we call this Interceptive Treatment).

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Having worked in this industry for decades, we’re aware of this massive cultural shift in orthodontics. An item that used to inspire shame is now perceived as fashionable. For example, years ago, braces often came in a single, bland grey colour. Now, with the demand from young teenagers, our offerings now extend to a wide range of colours with variations and “accessories”. Orthodontists respond to the need for variations and now offer functional braces, fixed braces, removable braces and ceramic braces. We personally love this fantastic effort from brace manufacturers to provide young patients with more choices, boosting their confidence as soon as they start the treatment.

We also agree with Tett that the cost associated with treatment is something that many parents should consider before they make a decision on their children’s braces. We always highlight above all, even though we believe the cultural shift and fashion regarding orthodontic braces is great, it is still a medical treatment. Ultimately, it helps to fix misalignment and prevent oral or dental issues that people might face when getting older, providing more confidence to achieve greater success in their lives. Many patients who finished their treatments have personally thanked Dr Wong at our practice for giving them a brighter smile and allowing them to feel happier everyday. So if you are thinking of orthodontics, talk to us and we will make sure we can come up with the best individual treatment plan for you. 

If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.