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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 89-91

Factors affecting patient's desire for seeking orthodontic treatment

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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S P Saravana Dinesh
162, Poonamalle High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 095, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2349-5243.192528

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Aim: The aim of this study is to determine the factors which affect a patient's desire for orthodontic treatment. Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the various reasons and motivating factors for patients to seek orthodontic treatment through a structured questionnaire. Materials and Methods: The survey was carried out in a population sample of 100 patients using a standard questionnaire before receiving orthodontic treatment. Perceived need for orthodontic treatment was assessed by asking questions to the patients. Results: Functional need was felt mostly by the males (36%), whereas females felt esthetics to be their major concern (72%). Fifty-three percent of the patients rated their dental appearance as bad and 47% had a teasing experience for protruded teeth. Majority of patients (76%) considered the improvement of general esthetics the most important outcome for seeking orthodontic treatment, whereas 11% sought treatment to improve dental health, 4% to enhance self-confidence, and only 1% to improve chewing and speech. Conclusion: People who are not satisfied with their appearance are the ones who seek orthodontic treatment. Patient's awareness of their appearance and their satisfaction are important to the orthodontist for patient satisfaction. The patient's motivation in seeking orthodontic treatment should be determined before the treatment commences to increase the chances of success of the orthodontic treatment.

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