Attitude and Knowledge of Orthodontics among Egyptian Patients: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Document Type : Surveys


Lecturer and head of Orthodontic Division, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine, Ahram Canadian University, Cairo Egypt.


Purpose: This study was designed to assess the attitude and level of awareness of patients toward malocclusion and orthodontic treatment. Materials and methods: The study consisted of a sample of 237 (113 males and 124 females) outpatients attending the dental clinics of Ahram Canadian University. A questionnaire containing 15 questions concerned with the knowledge and attitude regarding orthodontics was filled and the survey data was collected. Simple descriptive statistics was used to compare questionnaire responses for the whole sample, while Chi-square tests were applied for gender comparison. Result: There was a significant difference between male and female awareness. The descriptive statistics showed that patients had higher level of knowledge for questions regarding orthodontics as a specialty, but lower level of knowledge for questions regarding malocclusion.  Conclusion: Females were found to be keener to undergo orthodontic treatment than males. Cost and duration of treatment may present as barriers for orthodontic treatment. Also, there was deficiency in the information related to the ill effects caused by malocclusion and oral habits.


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