Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 12 - 2021
Awareness of Orthodontic Treatment among Public Adults in Saudi Arabia
Roaa Merwass1*, Renad Abushanab2, Bashair Baqies3, Nouf Althaghfi4 and Ashwaq Alanazi5

1Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2General Dentist, Yanbu General Hospital, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
3General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
4General Dentist, Bright Pearl Private Clinic, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5General Dentist, Speciality Dental Center of Qurayat General Hospital, Qurayat, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Roaa Merwass, Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Received: October 30, 2021; Published: November 25, 2021


Background: One of the most common oral health problems globally is malocclusion. Orthodontic treatment has different options for correcting this issue.

Objective: To assess the levels of awareness of orthodontic treatment among public adults in Saudi Arabia.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study recruited 235 subjects older than 18 years who live in Saudi using a self-structured questionnaire consisting of 29 questions to evaluate the levels of knowledge, opinions, and attitudes towards orthodontic treatment and ideas about treatment costs. SPSS was used to analyze the data.

Results: The mean (M) of correct answers was 12.12 out of 18, with a standard deviation (SD) of 3.64. The total knowledge score was not significantly different when examined against gender, job status, region, or nationality. The total knowledge was significantly different in relation to academic degree (p < 0.001); participants with less than a high school degree (m = 9.12, SD = 5.37) had significantly less knowledge than participants with a high school (m = 11.18, SD = 3.56), bachelor’s degree (m = 12.77, SD = 3.11), or higher education level (m = 14.20, SD = 3.04). A total of 74% of the population think of receiving orthodontic treatment. More than half of the participants (61.3%) consider the cost of treatments to be between 5,000 and 10,000 Saudi riyals.

Conclusion: The majority of the population in Saudi Arabia has a moderate level of awareness of orthodontic treatment. We recommend that a larger study sample be investigated and confirmed by clinical assessments to measure and raise public awareness.


Keywords: Orthodontic Treatment; Malocclusion; Saudi Arabia; Dental Practitioners; Dental Students


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Citation: Roaa Merwass., et al. “Awareness of Orthodontic Treatment among Public Adults in Saudi Arabia”. EC Dental Science 20.12 (2021): 07-15.

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