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