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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 347-352

Evaluation of the awareness of different orthodontic treatment appliances in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment of Maharashtra – A survey


1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, V.Y.W.S. Dental College, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University), Sawangi(M), Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_67_20

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Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the awareness of different orthodontic treatment appliances in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, in Maharashtra, India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted among patients undergoing orthodontic treatment in different teaching institutes of Maharashtra through an e-survey using Google Forms. A total of 360 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment in different teaching institutes of Maharashtra were randomly selected. The 10-item closed questionnaire in structured format was framed for the patients undergoing orthodontic treatment in Maharashtra. Ten orthodontic treatment appliances' options representing the major therapeutic modalities of choice used in daily practices were listed, namely, space maintainers, arch expanders, external growth modification devices, internal growth modification devices, stainless steel (SS)/ceramic/lingual braces, clear aligners, and combined orthodontic-surgical cases. Details regarding the E-mail were collected, which was followed by questions on awareness and knowledge. Participants were asked to rate their awareness level using a Likert-type scale. Conclusion: (1) The study group showed very low awareness of growth modification devices and moderate-to-high awareness of SS brackets and ceramic brackets. (2) Educational community programs should focus on improving the general knowledge of orthodontic appliances, especially the ones concerning early functional jaw orthopedic treatments.


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