There may have been a time when the words 'bad teeth' and 'British' went together, but that boat has long since sailed. Brits are now showing in droves how they feel about their cosmetic dentist. Teeth whitening, veneers, and teeth straightening are in fashion, and likely to stay that way for a long while.
Here are some statistics to blast the myth of bad British teeth.
The interest in cosmetic dental treatments in the UK has increased sharply, NW3's RP Advanced Dental Centre cites. This is especially in major cities such as London. A majority of Britons now want to improve their smiles. This resulted in £1.86 billion in dental treatments in 2014. This is a 27% since a mere four years back.
Overall, the dental treatment market rose an impressive 46% between 2000 and 2010. While only 3% of Britons have had their teeth whitened, compared to the 14% in the US, a survey of British adults showed that 3 out of 10 of them are not happy with the appearance of their teeth. It is likely that these numbers will increase in the future.
While the UK falls behind the US in terms of pure aesthetics, the oral health of Britons is actually better. Britons score higher than Americans do when it comes to tooth decay and missing teeth. Whilst Britons have an average of 0.7 missing teeth in 2004, the Americans have 1.3. This is due to intensive educational programmes to encourage good oral hygiene. Two out of three children in the UK today have no tooth decay.
Natural is in
However, Britons are not likely to flash the dazzling smiles depicted in the toothpaste commercials. Britons still prefer a more natural look to their teeth, rather than aiming for the perfect and impossible smile. While many Britons now sport straighter, more evenly coloured teeth, they still show some slight imperfections.
Bad British teeth are a myth. Better oral health habits and increased interest in cosmetic dentist services are improving smiles in the UK.