Tooth Whitening Procedures and Orthodontic Treatment: A Survey of Orthodontists Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Slack, Maura E.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics
  • Introduction: Esthetics is increasingly important in modern dentistry, but there are no published reports about how tooth whitening is utilized within contemporary orthodontic practices in the United States. Methods: A weighted sample of American Association of Orthodontists members were surveyed to quantitatively and qualitatively assess orthodontists' current practices regarding tooth whitening procedure. Results: 1,182 surveys were eligible for analysis. Nationwide, 88.8% orthodontists had patients who requested tooth whitening, while 76.2% of orthodontists had recommended whitening for some of their orthodontic patients, typically less than 25% of their total patient population. Approximately one-third (32.8%) of orthodontists provided whitening and nearly two-thirds (65.8%) referred whitening procedures to other dental professionals. Conclusion: Almost all orthodontists encounter patients who request whitening procedures and the majority recommend their use for a small percentage of their patients. The proportion of orthodontists who refer out such procedures is nearly double the proportion that provides these procedures.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the School of Dentistry (Orthodontics).
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