Expectations of Patients Receiving Orthodontic Treatment from Saidu College of Dentistry Swat: A Cross Sectional Study

Erum Behroz Khan                        BDS, FCPS, CHPE, MTFPDP                                                                                            Asad Ullah                                      BDS
Imran Ullah                                     BDS
Muhammad Zaheen                       BDS

 OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the anticipations of orthodontic treatment held by both patients and parents.
This would enable the provision of optimal services for expectations that are rational, while also facilitating discussions or
guidance for expectations that are impractical. One of the key goals of healthcare systems today is to meet patient expectations.
The declaration of a patient’s desires is significant because healthcare providers frequently undervalue their need for treatment.
When a clinician is aware of patient demands, they are better equipped to meet the patient’s realistic expectations while explaining
the least possibility to fulfil arbitrary expectations, thus results in more rewarding therapeutic interventions.
METHODOLOGY: The data collection process involved the utilization of a non-randomized sampling technique, specifically
selecting 300 participants as determined through Epi info using a structured form. The study focused on recruiting new patients
who exhibited internal motivation, along with anatomical or morphological issues related to their teeth or jaws. A prior history
of orthodontic treatment was an exclusion criterion. Participants with craniofacial syndromes or malformations, as well as those
dealing with mental or psychological health conditions, were excluded from the research.
RESULTS: In total, 300 individuals were examined, with 170 females and 130 males. Improvement in facial appearance was
the most popular reason for seeking orthodontic treatment (180 patients out of 300), although other functions like mastication,
better oral health and communication were mentioned by 120 patients. 70% (210) had a thought, since they would receive
treatment, they would be more accepted by society and thus improve their social standing, while the remaining 30% (90) thought
that it would have no difference.
CONCLUSION: Essentially, expectations from orthodontic interventions among patients are quite uniform, although males
generally display more practical perceptions regarding treatment duration and the initial appointment. However, when it comes
to dietary and beverage restrictions during orthodontic treatment, patient expectations differ from those held by their parents.
KEYWORDS: Patient expectations, orthodontics, Evaluate.
HOW TO CITE: Khan EB, Ullah A, Ullah I, Zaheen M. Expectations of Patients Receiving Orthodontic Treatment from Saidu
College of Dentistry Swat: A Cross Sectional Study. J Pak Dent Assoc 2023;32(4):126-129.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.25301/JPDA.324.126
Received: 03 November 2023, Accepted: 21 February 2024

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