Future Dental Journal




INTRODUCTION: Clear aligner treatment's main drawback is that the patient decides how long to wear them each day. For clear aligner therapy to be successful, compliance is essential. A poor treatment outcome would arise from noncompliant patients.

METHODS: The study was a randomized clinical trial of 2 parallel groups (7 patients per group) who underwent clear aligner orthodontic treatment having an age range of 17-24 years. A part-time group wore the aligners for 16 hours per day and a full-time group wore the aligners for 22 hours per day. The study investigated the first eight aligners of the treatment. Compliance was recorded for each patient. Pain was evaluated by visual analogue scale. Periodontal health was examined by detection of bleeding upon probing

RESULTS: Bleeding upon probing was detected in 21 percent of the patients (2 in full-time group and 1 part-time group). The intensity of pain peaked at 24 hours (mean VAS score 4.57±1.13 in part-time group and 4.86±0.9 in full time group). Part-time group had a mean wear time of 14.97 ± 0.37 hours while full-time group had a mean wear time of 19.54 ± 0.75 hours

CONCLUSION: There were no significant differences between part time and full time groups regarding periodontal parameters considered and pain intensity. Instructions of wearing the aligner for a longer duration resulted in increased overall adherence to wearing the aligner.

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