• S. T. Loke Ortodontist, Klinik Kesihatan Luyang, Sabah


The aims of the study were to investigate patient satisfaction and perceived psychosocial benefit from orthodontic treatment and to relate them to factors affecting treatment duration and treatment standards. A total of 130  patients  (mean  age  I5  years)  who  had just  completed full fixed  appliance  therapy  (±  removable appliance)filled questionnaires. There was high proportion of satisfaction with dentofacial appearance (98.5%), alignment of teeth (100 %), improved mastication (99.2%) and cleaning of teeth (98.5%). About 89.2% would recommend orthodontic treatment to their friends. All surveyed were satisfied with the services provided by the orthodontic staff and few patients were dissatisfied with the length of each appointment (3.1%), number of appointments (1.5%) and total treatment time (5.4%). The main dissatisfaction appeared to be the long waiting time to be treated during their appointments (10%). The mean duration of treatment to complete two-arch fixed appliance was 17.6 months (S.D. 6.8 months) and 89.2% of cases were completed within 24 months. Treatment duration was also associated with pre-treatment overjet (r=0.235),  overjet difference from pre-treatment to post­ treatment (r =0.204) and number of extractions (r=0.305). Multiple linear regression analysis of duration of treatment with these/actors accounted/or about 17.8% of the variability.


1. Sinha PK, Nanda RS, McNeil DW. Perceived orthodontist behaviors that predict patient satisfaction, orthodontist-patient relationship, and patient adherence in orthodontic treatment. AmJ Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 1996; 110(4):370-377.

2. Witt E, Bartsch A. Effects of information-giving an communication during orthodontic consultation and treatment. Part 3: Optimized orthodontist-patient communication. J Orofac Orthop 1996 ;57(3):154-167.

3. Kelly BM, Springate SD. Specialist orthodontics in the General Dental Service. Br Dent J 1996;180:209-215.

4. British Standards Institute. Glossary of Dental Terms (BS 4492) 1983, BSI, London.

5. Kouguchi M, Itoh K, Yamabe K, Morimoto N, Yabuno H, Iwami Y, Kimura N, Miyamoto K, Yamauchi K. Recognition of mihodontic patients and their parents about the orthodontic treahnent and results - a questionnaire method. Nippon Kyosei Shika Gakkai Zasshi 1990; 49(5):454-465. (English abstract)

6. Birkeland K, Boe OE, Wisth PJ. Subjective assessment of dental and psychosocial effects of 01thodontic treatment. J Orofac Orthop 1997;58(1):44-61.

7. Lew KK. Attitudes and perceptions of adults towards orthodontic treatment in an Asian commuuity. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1993; 21(1):31-35.

8. Richmond S, Andrews· M. Orthodontic treatment standards in Norway. Eur J Orthod 1993;15:7-15.

9. Vig PS, Weintraub JA, Brown G, Kowalski CJ. The duration of orthodontic treatment with and without extractions: a pilot study of five selected practices. Am J Orthod l990;97:45-51.

10. Taylor PJ, Kerr WJ, McColl JH. Factors associated with the standard and duration of orthodontic treatment. Br J Orthod 1996;23(4):335-341.

11. Burden DJ, Pine CM. Self-perception of malocclusion among adolescents. Community Dent Health 1995;12(2):89-92.

12. Tang EL, So LL. Correlation of orthodontic treatment demand with treatment need assessed using two indices. Angle Orthod 1995;65(6):443-450.
How to Cite
S. T. Loke. (2002). A STUDY OF PATIENT SATISFACTION WITH ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IN SABAH . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 2(1), 42-46. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/1231