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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 2490-2495

A survey on orthodontic services provided by general dental practitioners

1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Center, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Consultant Orthodontist, Phoenix Hospital, Panchkula, Haryana, India
3 Orthodontist, New Delhi, India
4 Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Maitri College of Dentistry and Research Center, Chattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Poonam K Jayaprakash
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial, Orthopedics, Kothiwal Dental College and Research, Center, Mora Mustaqueem, Moradabad - 244 001, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_371_19

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The aim of this survey-based study was to recognize professional determinants that account for variations in the level of orthodontic services provided and which distinguish providers and nonproviders of orthodontic services. Multiple regression analysis revealed that four practitioner characteristics explained 43% of the variance in the number of orthodontic patients treated. Dentists who treated more orthodontic patients (1) treated more general practice patients, (2) frequently used multiple sources to keep up to date in orthodontics, (3) perceived their patient base to contain more children, and (4) were likely to have attended an orthodontic course. The null hypothesis that selected characteristics of dentists providing orthodontic services were no different from those of dentists not providing orthodontic services was rejected. The provision of orthodontic services was associated with a higher level of continuing orthodontic education and treating more general practice patients, especially children.

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