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Self-perceived orthodontic need and perception towards fake braces among university students in Malaysia: preliminary findings

Mohd Nor, Nor Azlida and Kamarudin, Yasmin and Bahar, Aufa Dahlia and Cheong, Joo Ming and Mohd Nor, Norasmiha and Hamdan, Ruhil Hayati and Silahudin, Shafaatussara (2022) Self-perceived orthodontic need and perception towards fake braces among university students in Malaysia: preliminary findings. In: 21st Annual Scientific Meeting and 23rd Annual General Meeting of IADR Malaysian Section, 24th September 2022, Acappella Hotel, Shah Alam.

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Background: Fake braces are fitted by unqualified individuals and have raised public concerns in Malaysia. This study aimed to explore self-perceived orthodontic needs and perceptions towards fake braces among university students in Malaysia. A cross-sectional study using self-administered questionnaire was distributed via Google Form. The data were analysed descriptively using SPSS. In total, 246 participants completed the questionnaire. Majority of them were female (68.3%) with a mean age of 21.74 (SD: ±1.08). More than half were Malay (56.1%) followed by other ethnicities. Only 44.3% of them were satisfied with their teeth appearance with 15.4% perceived they definitely need orthodontic treatment. Another 58.1% perceived they most probably needed orthodontic treatment. About 6.5% admitted have had experience wearing fake braces. Participants also reported having friends (27.6%) and family members (6.1%) wearing fake braces. Meanwhile, one third (33.7%) of them had searched for information about fake braces. Only a small proportion (8.1%) agreed with the benefit of fake braces in improving alignment of teeth, while the majority (67.5%) of them believe the risks of wearing fake braces were greater. There are mixed perceptions towards fake braces among Malaysian university students, with a minority favouring fake braces treatment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fake Braces, Illegal Dentistry, Illegal Orthodontics, Perceptions, Young Adults
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Orthodontics
Depositing User: Dr Joo Ming Cheong
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 11:04
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 11:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/102559

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