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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56

A cross-sectional study into the reasons behind orthodontic re-treatment

1 Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Faculty of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

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Nada E Tashkandi
Department of Preventative Dentistry, Riyadh-Elm University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jos.jos_116_22

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OBJECTIVE: This study aims to identify the motivations behind orthodontic re-treatment in Saudi Arabia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study performed through a patient questionnaire. The questionnaire elicited data on the respondents' socio-demographic data, type of previous orthodontic treatment, retention, satisfaction level, and reasons for undergoing orthodontic re-treatment. RESULTS: Four hundred and nineteen responses were received during the study period from June to July 2022. The result showed a pre-dominant female predilection (83, 29%), with the majority belonging to the 21–25 age group (47.26%). Most participants had had one previous orthodontic treatment (77%), with an active treatment time of approximately 1–3 years (55.85%). There was no significant difference between the satisfaction of outcomes after the initial treatment and at the time of the survey. Most participants received retention appliances (69.45%) and were informed about the importance of appliances. The type of retention was mainly removable retainers (47.5%). Around one-third of the sample (31.98%) were interested in seeking orthodontic re-treatment, with self-motivation as the primary drive and improving the smile as the predominant reason. CONCLUSION: The study's findings show that a large portion of the population is seeking orthodontic re-treatment, which must be considered. Self-motivation was a driving force rather than external motivation. The most common reason for seeking orthodontic re-treatment was to improve their smile and the increased esthetic demand.

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