Skip to main content

Table 1 Results of the mean score for perception of credibility between groups, according to the different categories of the posts

From: The effects of images posted to social media by orthodontists on public perception of professional credibility and willingness to become a client

Categories Laypeople Students Orthodontists Clinicians Specialists in other areas p value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Dental traction 4.3 (3.1)a 6.1 (2.9)b 6.8 (2.9)b 5.7 (3.1)ab 4.6 (2.9)a 0.000*
Mini-implant mechanics 4.2 (3.1)a 5.8 (2.9)b 6.0 (3.4)b 5.7 (2.7)ab 4.6 (3.1)ab 0.000*
Relationships with the patient 5.3 (3.2) 6.1 (2.7)a 5.5 (3.6) 5.4 (2.9) 4.1 (3.3)b 0.001*
Before and after treatment 6.4 (3.3)a 8.1 (2.2)b 7.8 (2.4)bc 7.8 (2.7)abc 6.6 (2.9)ac 0.000*
Being a teacher 7.1 (2.6)a 8.3 (1.9)b 7.6 (2.7)ab 6.5 (3.1)a 6.9 (2.9)a 0.004*
Aesthetic brackets 5.8 (3.1) 5.8 (3.1) 5.1 (2.9) 5.6 (3.1) 4.7 (3.1) 0.063
Family relationships 4.2 (3.1) 4.2 (3.4) 4.2 (3.3) 4.5 (2.8) 3.9 (3.3) 0.946
Participation in scientific events 5.8 (3.1) 6.1 (2.3) 6.0 (3.1) 5.7 (3.3) 5.2 (3.3) 0.545
Clear aligners 5.8 (3.2)a 6.2 (3.0)a 5.5 (3.2)a 5.4 (3.0)ab 3.9 (3.1)b 0.000*
Social relationships 3.3 (2.8) 3.5 (2.8) 3.5 (2.6) 3.8 (3.0) 2.9 (2.7) 0.521
Metallic brackets 5.4 (3.1)a 5.1 (2.9)a 4.4 (2.8)ab 4.6 (3.1)ab 3.6 (2.8)b 0.000*
Intermaxillary elastics 5.1 (3.2)ac 6.5 (2.8)bc 6.3 (2.9)ac 5.9 (3.3)abc 4.3 (3.1)a 0.000*
  1. *Statistical significance; SD standard deviation; different letters mean statistical significance