Reasons for Seeking Orthodontic Treatment in a Jordanian Population
Objective: To evaluate and compare the patients’ and their parents’/guardians’ rationale for pursuing orthodontic treatment and investigate its relation to age and gender.
Methods: Three hundred and five subjects were included in the study, of which 111 were males 194 were females. Of the participants, 261 were parents/guardians of children aged 7–18 years, and 44 were adult patients (19–43 years). All patients and their parents were asked to fill similar questionnaires after giving their verbal consent. The patients who applied for orthodontic treatment were asked to complete a questionnaire that had 10 items inquiring about their reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment. The parents/guardians completed a similar set of questionnaires containing 11 items.
Results: In the present study, more females than males sought orthodontic treatment. The highest percentages of male and female patients seeking treatment were from the 11–14-years-old group. The highest percentage of patients were concerned about their malocclusion and dental appearance and wanted to improve it. Parents were concerned about their children’s malocclusion, and they wanted to improve it and avoid future claims of neglect.
Conclusion: Patients in the study population seek orthodontic treatment for psychological reasons, that is, to improve their dental appearance and aesthetic image.
Aesthetics, Dental surgeons, Jordanian population, Motivation, Orthodontic treatment.