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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Assessment of Awareness and Social Perceptions of Orthodontic Treatment Needs in Adult Age Group: A Questionnaire Study

S Rastogi, RS Jatti, KM Keluskar

Citation Information : Rastogi S, Jatti R, Keluskar K. Assessment of Awareness and Social Perceptions of Orthodontic Treatment Needs in Adult Age Group: A Questionnaire Study. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2014; 8 (2):95-100.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-8-2-95

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Abstract

Aim

The scope of orthodontics has widened to include not only children and adolescents but also adults, thereby abolishing the upper age limit. The aim of this study was to assess awareness and social perceptions of orthodontic treatment in adults.

Material and methodology

A cross saectional questionnaire study was conducted on parents of school children who were randomly selected from Private schools of Belgaum city. Questionnaire forms were distributed both in Hindi and English to a sample of 800 school students.

Results

Majority of the subjects in the study knew about orthodontic treatment and took treatment in their early age group with more percentage of males. Out of which only 46% subjects stated that their treatment was completed with proper retention and stability. Near about half of the subjects reported that they need orthodontic treatment in adult age.

Conclusion

Adult population is aware about orthodontic treatment needs and to improve smile and to straighten their teeth were the prime motivating factors for seeking treatment.


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