Master of Science in Dentistry
Bhavna Shroff, D.M.D., M.Dent.Sc., M.P.A.
Caroline K. Carrico, P.h.D.
Steven J. Lindauer, D.M.D., M.D.Sc.
Objective: The purpose was to compare orthodontists’ and parents’ perception of orthodontic treatment outcomes in the anterior-posterior (AP) dimension. Assessment of treatment time and compliance were also investigated.
Material and Methods: Parallel surveys for orthodontists (n=1000) and parents (n=750) displayed occlusions from 3 mm Class III (Cl III:3) to 3 mm Class II. Participants rated occlusal relationships on a 100 mm VAS from least to most acceptable (0-100).
Results: 233 orthodontists (23%) and 243 parents (32%) responded. Orthodontists (mean=93.9, 25.9) and parents (mean=80.7, 40.9) rated Class I (Cl I) occlusion most and Cl III:3 least acceptable. No significant difference was found between outcomes at 18 months versus 24 months. For all cases, parents were willing to extend treatment duration longer than orthodontists.
Conclusions: Orthodontists and parents viewed treatment outcomes in the AP dimension differently, rating Cl I as most acceptable. Parents were willing to extend treatment longer than orthodontists.
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