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Introduction Orthodontist’s practice in developing countries is influenced by dental professionals and patients, based on the aesthetics and cost of the appliance. Thereby a solution to it has to be found by selecting an appliance which fulfils the biomechanical, aesthetic and cost factor so that it is accepted by orthodontist, dental professionals and patients. Thereby the aim of the study was to determine the acceptability, attractiveness and treatment values of various orthodontic appliances among lay persons and dental professionals which would act as a guide for selection of appliance in developing countries. Method A questionnaire study was performed displaying the images of eight different orthodontic appliances which were employed on the model. The images were individually displayed to dental profession (n=30) and layperson (n=30) using simple random sampling. Comparative evaluation using appropriate statistical analysis was performed to rank appliances on the basis of attractiveness, acceptability and value. Results The results showed for both groups that as the metallic display raise an attractiveness and acceptability drop. The appliance of choice for both groups based on value is lingual appliance. Conclusion The most accepted appliance system taking in to consideration the patient and clinician in developing country is lingual appliance. Hence an orthodontist should excel themselves in lingual therapy so that the population desires are fulfilled to the best.
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Author(s): Vaki Chinde Abhishek Bansal Ashok Talapaneni Safiya Sana Asma Fatima Asiya Fatima Arifa Meenakshi and Dr Laiq Sami
Orthodontics, Adult Orthodontics, Advances in orthodontics