Abstract

Parental Preference for Dual-Trained Orthodontist

Introduction: Parental preference for a dual-trained orthodontic provider has not been reported in the literature. Our objective was to determine what preference, if any, decision-makers would have for a dual-trained orthodontist.

Materials and methods: A paper-based 22-question survey was designed to assess the factors that are important to decision-makers when choosing an orthodontist. The preference for dual-trained provider was also assessed. Additionally for the first time we also examined what factors would cause decision-makers to change their minds regarding an orthodontic provider. The survey was administered to the parents or guardians while their children received routine dental care at 3 different pediatric dental offices.

Results: Respondents indicated two factors as most important when choosing an orthodontic provider; doctors displaying a caring attitude and doctors who had a good reputation. Other factors were also deemed important. When considering the type of orthodontic provider, traditional provider verses dual-trained, 79% of respondents indicated their preference for dual-trained providers. Additionally, 74% of respondents indicated they preferred to have all their child’s dental care (preventative/restorative/orthodontic) provided by a single provider.

Conclusion: Our results indicate that there is a strong preference for dual-trained orthodontic providers among our respondents. As the future of orthodontics as a cottage industry is analyzed in today’s changing dental economic environment new approaches to meet the preferences and needs of patients and their parents should be considered.


Author(s):

Brandon Jones M, Hidayat Nagori, Kate Litschel, William Swigler and Jorge Farill-Guzman



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