Factors affecting orthodontic treatment time and how to predict it


  • Rania Adel Mitwally North Jeddah Specialist Dental Center, King Abdullah Medical Complex, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Laila Marzooq Alesawi Dental Department, Yanbu General Hospital, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
  • Adhwaa Yahya Humedi College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
  • Saleh Saeed Al Baaltahin College of Dentistry, Najran University, Najran, Saudi Arabia
  • Yara Ahmed Saeedi Dental Department, Al Birk General Hospital, Al Birk, Saudi Arabia
  • Ali Saidan Al Murdif Dalma Clinics, Najran, Saudi Arabia
  • Aseel Zayed Al Zuhayr College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Hind Waleed Albilali College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Raneem Mohammed Habis College of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Manal Abdullah Bakhsh College of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia




Orthodontic, Treatment, Dentistry, Treatment time, Malocclusion


Orthodontic treatment time has been associated with certain parameters that can affect the different aspects of treatment regards to the patient and orthodontist. Therefore, a large set of research has focused on studying these factors. Many factors have been proposed in the literature as significant predictors for prolonged orthodontic treatment duration. In general, these factors are related to the patient, orthodontist, procedure, and severity of the underlying condition. Acquiring more knowledge about these factors can help orthodontists speed up the treatment plan, which might enhance the treatment outcomes and enhance the levels of satisfaction. In the current study, we have provided updated evidence regarding the different factors affecting orthodontic treatment time according to evidence from studies in the literature. Many factors were reported, including factors related to the procedure and the underlying condition, and factors related to the patient and orthodontist. Increasing knowledge and experience of the orthodontist might increase the level of satisfaction as it has been reported to significantly reduce the treatment duration. However, this should be accompanied by adequate patient compliance, which was also reported to be a significant predictor for prolonged treatment duration. Investigating the application of recent modalities that can speed up the treatment plan is not adequately validated, indicating the need for future validating studies.


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How to Cite

Mitwally, R. A., Alesawi, L. M., Humedi, A. Y., Baaltahin, S. S. A., Saeedi, Y. A., Murdif, A. S. A., Zuhayr, A. Z. A., Albilali, H. W., Habis, R. M., & Bakhsh, M. A. (2021). Factors affecting orthodontic treatment time and how to predict it. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 9(1), 492–496. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20214798



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