Factors that Affect the Duration of Orthodontic Treatment in Public Health Services

2019 • Volume 13 • Issue 3

Carlos Felipe Zepeda Diaz

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-381X2019000300321


The duration of orthodontic treatments has always been one of the biggest concerns, both in patients and for orthodontists. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the magnitude of the absences to the controls of the patients and how they influence the duration of the orthodontic treatments in the CESFAM Dr. Victor Manuel Fernandez, Concepcion, Chile. A descriptive, cross-sectional, retrospective study was carried out, in which the clinical records of all patients discharged by the Orthodontists of CESFAM Dr. V.M.F. during the year 2017 were analyzed. The tabulation was performed in Microsoft Excel and the statistical analysis was carried out in InfoStat 17. In total, 246 patients were included, with an average age of admission of 13.6 years. The predominant malocclusion was Class I of Angle (71 %). These patients had an average treatment duration of 33.9 months. It was further concluded that the length of orthodontic treatment, was also affected by the increased number of times patients failed to show for treatment.

KEY WORDS: orthodontics, treatment duration, treatment effectiveness.


How to cite this article

ZEPEDA, D. C. F. Factors that affect the duration of orthodontics treatment in a public health services. Int. J. Odontostomat., 13(3):321-324,2019.


PDF of the article.