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Journal of Orofacial & Health Sciences
Year : 2019, Volume : 10, Issue : 2
First page : ( 55) Last page : ( 59)
Print ISSN : 0976-5360. Online ISSN : 2229-3264.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2229-3264.2019.00009.1

Patient compliance in orthodontics: A review

Bhardwaj Deepti*, Aggarwal Ankur, Agarwal Ankur, Kumar Reena R.

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences and Research, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

*Address for correspondence: Deepti Bhardwaj Email Id: deepti23bhardwaj@icloud.com

Online published on 21 July, 2020.


Orthodontic treatment aims at achieving structural and functional efficiency with aesthetic harmony. A successful treatment requires patient's complete co-operation over a considerable period of time. The eventual outcome and longevity of treatment are dependent on personal maintenance with routine follow-up appointments. Most clinicians conduct routine reinforcements of instructions verbally and in writing. Laxity in these instructions may affect the longevity of treatment, loss of chair time, considerable loss of confidence in dental and general health care of the patient and may even lead to stress. Lack of compliance may be due to various factors. Although the knowledge and skills of the clinician remain significant, the cooperation of the patients and that of the parents plays a major role in achieving the desired results. Prediction of patient compliance could be helpful to anticipate problems that might arise during the treatment and alleviate them before they impede or interfere with the treatment. This can be achieved by an effective communication between the dentist and the patient. This paper signifies the importance of patient compliance in orthodontics.



Compliance, Patient cooperation, Communication, Ranges.


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