Figures released by the Saudi Orthodontic Societyshow that there is a high need for braces in the country. The figuresreveal that up to 80% of children in Saudi Arabia need braces, accordingto an article at the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide Web site.

While wearing braces has become somewhat fashionable in some circlesin the country, with children having them fitted without really needingtreatment, the majority of children who need treatment are not gettingit.

According to Ali Habib, a Saudi-based orthodontist, in an interview with Arab News,there is a genuine need for treatment as a result of genetic factorsand a lack of awareness of dental health issues, which contribute tohigh rates of decay and tooth loss.