Evaluation of Awareness and Perception of Clear Aligner Orthodontic Treatment Among Students of Hawler Medical University.


  • Maryam Fouad Bilal Department of P.O.P., College of Dentistry, Hawler Medical University.
  • Ahmed Qesim Ali Undergraduate Student at the College of Dentistry, Hawler Medical University.
  • Layard Khalil Ibrahim Undergraduate Student at the College of Dentistry, Hawler Medical University.




Clear Aligner, Orthodontic treatment, Esthetic treatment, Awareness, Perception, Hawler Medical University


Background and Objectives: The growing emphasis on appearance has led to an increased   interest in orthodontic treatment among adults, particularly those who are highly self-conscious about their looks. Clear Aligner Therapy, a nearly invisible and effective method for aligning teeth, represents the latest generation of aesthetic orthodontic treatments. This study aims to assess the awareness and perception of Clear Aligner Therapy among students at Hawler     Medical University.

Materials and Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online questionnaire comprising four sections: demographics, general dental and orthodontic awareness, knowledge of Clear Aligner Therapy and Fixed Orthodontic Therapy, and optional comments and questions.

Results: A total of 383 participants, with an average age of 20.54 years, completed the         questionnaire. The majority (89.6%) were Kurds and 63.2% females. Among the participants, 68.2% had visited a dentist as needed, 72.3% had family members with malocclusions, 41% had sought orthodontic consultation. Additionally, 86.2% were familiar with Fixed Orthodontic   Therapy, 63.2% had heard of Clear Aligners, 30.5% had undergone orthodontic treatment, and 8.5% individuals had received Clear Aligner Therapy.

Conclusion: The knowledge level of Hawler Medical University students regarding Clear Aligner Therapy was determined to be moderate. Despite the fact that they possessed a general      understanding of its characteristics and application, their involvement in the treatment and its procedures was limited. Previous orthodontic treatments recipients', satisfaction with their smile, overall concern about teeth, previous orthodontic consultation, and knowledge of Fixed Orthodontic Therapy all notably demonstrated significant associations with the awareness of Clear Aligner Therapy.


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Bilal MF, Ali AQ, Ibrahim LK. Evaluation of Awareness and Perception of Clear Aligner Orthodontic Treatment Among Students of Hawler Medical University. EDJ [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 28 [cited 2024 Apr. 20];6(3):240-8. Available from: https://edj.hmu.edu.krd/index.php/journal/article/view/249



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