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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-103

Awareness of orthodontic modalities and preference of appliance and payment options in Saudi Arabia

Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Naif A Bindayel
Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, P. O. Box 60169, Riyadh 11545
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjos.SJOralSci_5_18

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Background: Awareness of available treatment devices and methods influences the seeking of appropriate treatment. With the lack of prior orthodontic awareness baseline, the present study aims to measure awareness level of various orthodontic treatment options along with ranking available orthodontic appliances and payment options. Materials and Methods: A total of 350 Saudi participants have completed a survey listing various orthodontic modalities next to its images, as well as payment plan options. Likert awareness scale was used to assess the awareness of nine orthodontic modalities and participants were asked to rank the most preferred orthodontic appliance and payment method options. Results: Stainless steel and ceramic brackets, along with clear aligners displayed moderate-to-high awareness levels. However, statistically significant lower recognition of early treatment tools, namely, expander, headgear, and functional appliances was evident (P < 0.01). The studied group has ranked ceramic brackets as first and lingual brackets as least preferred orthodontic appliance (P < 0.01). Conclusions: Community awareness program along with dental practitioners should aim toward improving population's knowledge on dentofacial orthopedic treatments in specific, as per the study findings.

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