North Karnataka patients’ expectations of orthodontic treatment – a questionnaire study

Singla, Ritesh and Singla, Nishu and Madhumitha, N and Naik, Vijay R (2013) North Karnataka patients’ expectations of orthodontic treatment – a questionnaire study. e-Journal of Dentistry, 3 (1). pp. 318-325.

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Objectives: To access the North Karnataka patients’ expectations of orthodontic treatment and to compare the findings with those of the Netherlands sample. Design: A questionnaire survey of 312 adolescent patients attending for their first consultation. Setting: The Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, KLE-VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka. Subjects and methods: A total of 312 subjects (135 boys and 177 girls) completed a valid questionnaire measure of orthodontic expectations that was tested for reliability and validity. The subjects were aged 12 to 16 years. The responses of the subjects and differences between boys and girls were examined using parametric statistical methods. The data from the North Karnataka sample were compared with the Netherlands sample. Results: North Karnataka patients had higher expectations of check up and diagnosis or discussion about treatment at their initial visit. They expected more orthodontic fixed appliances, straight teeth, better smile and no affect on speech and mastication. They expected that wearing braces would be painful, there would be more dietary and drinking restrictions. They were undecided for the reaction from the other people. Significant differences between boys and girls were found for pain, dietary and drinking restrictions, career improvement, treatment time and type of orthodontic treatment. Differences between the North Karnataka and the Netherlands patients were found regarding the first visit, type of orthodontic treatment, straightening of teeth, career prospects, duration of treatment, frequency of appointments and pain and problems with orthodontic treatment Conclusions: Since the expectations of patients differ on several aspects, effective communication between the orthodontist and patient is considered to be essential. Our hypothesis that the North Karnataka patients expectations of orthodontic treatment differ from the expectations of the Netherlands was supported.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patients expectations; questionnaire; orthodontic treatment.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Orthodontics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2013 04:12
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2013 04:12

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