Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 2 - 2020
Was Treatment with Fixed Orthodontic Appliances as Expected?
Yassir A Yassir1*,Halla A Hamdan2 and Sarah A Nabbat3
1Assistant Professor, Orthodontic Department, College of Dentistry, University of Baghdad, Iraq
2Graduated Dentist, College of Dentistry, University of Baghdad, Iraq
3Postgraduate Student, Orthodontic Department, College of Dentistry, University of Baghdad, Iraq
*Corresponding Author: Yassir A Yassir, Orthodontic Department, College of Dentistry, University of Baghdad, Iraq.
Received: December 17, 2019; Published: January 21, 2020


Objective: This study designed to identify actual patients’ expectations and experiences during fixed appliance orthodontic treatment.

Materials and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted for orthodontic patients who were within 3 - 9 months of their fixed appliance treatment at the College of Dentistry-University of Baghdad. Both genders were included without restrictions in terms of age. The questionnaire was developed, translated to Arabic, and face validated. Then, the participants were consented to read and fill the questionnaire and basing their answers according to their individual experience. Descriptive statistics were used and Chi-square compared between genders.

Results: One-hundred and one patients with an average age of 17.93 years participated in this survey (29% males and 72% females). There were no significant differences in the responses between males and females (P > 0.05). The fixed appliance was not expected as is, but it was expected to improve the smile, facial appearance, and oral health. Insufficient information about the adverse effects and duration of treatment was noted, however patients perceived their teeth movement. Twenty-two% of the patients were in need of further information regarding teeth cleaning, while only 6% needed extra information about eating with braces. Pain and improvement in facial appearance were noted by the 77% of the participants and 84% did not feel any embarrassment during treatment.

Conclusion: Adequate illustrations showing the fixed appliance before treatment should be used. Furthermore, patients should be advised to read the patient information sheet carefully.

Keywords: Fixed Appliance; Patient Expectations; Patient Experiences


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Citation: Yassir A Yassir., et al. “Was Treatment with Fixed Orthodontic Appliances as Expected?. EC Dental Science 19.2 (2020): 01-11.

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