Attitude And Perception Of Orthodontic Patients to Orthodontic Treatment time and Accelerated Orthodontics

  • Onyinye Dorothy Umeh College of Medicine, University of Lagos Nigeria
  • Gerald Ikenna Isiekwe
  • Oluranti daCosta
  • O O Sanu
  • Ifeoma Utomi
  • M Izuka


Background: There is an increasing interest in accelerating orthodontic treatment among orthodontists and orthodontic patients worldwide.

Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitude and perception of orthodontic patients to the duration of orthodontic treatment and the procedures for accelerating orthodontic tooth movement.

Methodology: Patients undergoing fixed appliance orthodontic treatment at the Orthodontic Unit of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital were recruited for the study. Data collection was done using self-administered questionnaires and an Information sheet. Accelerated orthodontic procedures evaluated were corticotomy, piezocision, micro-osteoperforation, laser therapy, local administration of injections and use of vibrations.

Results: One hundred orthodontic patients (n=100, adolescents, 46%, adults, 54%) were surveyed comprising of 36 males and 64 females. Responses obtained from the participants showed that most of them had never heard of accelerated orthodontics (88%). A majority of respondents (75%) believed that orthodontic treatment time was too long, and were willing to undergo additional procedures to reduce treatment time (81%). Subjects’ willingness to undergo the procedures were inversely proportional to the degree of its invasiveness for all groups, with most of the patients willing to accept a 20% increase in treatment fees for a reduction in treatment time.

Conclusion: The orthodontic patients surveyed considered treatment time protracted and were interested in undergoing adjunctive orthodontic procedures to accelerate tooth movement with a consequent increase in treatment cost.

Key words: Accelerated orthodontics, Orthodontic treatment time.

Jul 23, 2020
How to Cite
UMEH, Onyinye Dorothy et al. Attitude And Perception Of Orthodontic Patients to Orthodontic Treatment time and Accelerated Orthodontics. African Journal of Oral Health, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 13-19, july 2020. ISSN 0189-5710. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 30 sep. 2023.