Journal Article

Appliance wear: the patient's point of view

Fern Ng Stewart, W. John S. Kerr and Philip J. S. Taylor

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 19, issue 4, pages 377-382
Published in print August 1997 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online August 1997 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Appliance wear: the patient's point of view

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Fifty-two patients (35 female, 17 male) completed questionnaires related to their experiences during the first 7 days of appliance wear (31 fixed, 21 removable) and then after 14 and 90 days. Most problems relating to discomfort and pain resolved within 4–7 days. The problems encountered with fixed appliances were generally more severe than with removable appliances. Swallowing and speech were more difficult with removable appliances and these problems persisted to some degree. Surprisingly, the embarrassment caused by wearing the appliance in public was similar whether it was fixed or removable.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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