Background: There has been an increase in the level of self-consciousness among individuals with regard to
aesthetics. This has resulted in an increased demand for orthodontic treatment in recent years. There are several types of
orthodontic treatment depending on the type of malocclusion. Each person may opt for a different appliance system to bring
about orthodontic correction based on their preferences and esthetic needs. Hence this study was done to assess the patient’s
preference for the use of orthodontic appliances. Aim: This study aims in analysing the preference of the patient to the different
orthodontic appliance systems. Materials and method: This study included an examination of patients visiting our institution.
The clinical data of patients aged 10 years to 50years was collected from the digital archives of our institution. Data like the
preference for undergoing orthodontic treatment, the type of orthodontic appliance system that they are willing to undergo was
then computed in excel format. The data was then processed and transferred to SPSS software where statistical analysis was
done. Results: In the current study, about 53% of the patients preferred to undergo orthodontic treatment. 20.3% of the patients
preferred fixed metallic appliances, 22.2% preferred fixed ceramic appliances, 9% preferred removable appliances, 16.6%
preferred self-ligating appliances, 19% preferred lingual appliances and 23.8% preferred clear aligners. The use of these
appliances by male and female patients did not show any statistically significance for all the appliances that were evaluated
as part of the study. Conclusion: Within the limits of the study, there was a positive approach to orthodontic treatment and
clear aligner was more preferred among the patients.
Key words: orthodontics; preference; type of orthodontic treatment; aesthetics, new insight