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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 83-88

Relative comparison and assessment of patient's attitude and discomfort between two different types of fixed functional appliances: A comprehensive survey

1 Dental Surgeon, Woodside Specialty Dental Clinic, 51-23 Queens Blvd, Office Dentist Woodside, NY 11377, USA
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Meenu Goel
Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-3825.123317

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Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the patient's attitude and follow the progress of patient's adaptation to discomfort between two types of fixed functional appliances. Materials and Methods: A total of 16 patients undergoing treatment with either fixed functional appliance, i.e., forsus fatigue resistant device (FFRD) (hybrid) and mandibular protraction appliance (MPA) IV (rigid) rated their experiences during the 1 st day of treatment and after 7 days, 14 days and 30 days of appliance insertion. Results: There were no significant differences in patient's attitude toward both the appliances. Soft-tissue laceration was the most serious side-effect (about 50% in MPA IV and 25% in FFRD). Soft-tissue laceration and other negative effects generally decreased over time. Conclusion: The results of the study indicate that there is no considerable difference in acceptance of FFRD and MPA IV by the patients. Most patients experience some discomfort and functional limitations; however, the effect generally diminishes with time and patients adapt to the appliance.

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