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Table 4 Section 4: Patient/orthodontist follow-up during the pandemic

From: Patients’ perceptions of orthodontic treatment experiences during COVID-19: a cross-sectional study

Question Response Number %
What would your favorite mean to communicate with your orthodontist to inform him/her about your emergency during the pandemic? Social media groups 1 0.6%
I Do Not Care 9 5.8%
Call the operator at the hospital/beeper 19 12.3%
Text message 54 35.1%
Call my orthodontist directly 62 40.3%
Unanswered 9 5.8%
Do you like the idea of tele-dentistry to supervise the progress and integrity of the orthodontic appliance? Extremely useful 21 13.64%
Useful 39 25.32%
Neutral 64 41.56%
Not useful 13 8.44%
Extremely non-useful 8 5.19%
Unanswered 9 5.84%
Do you think that an emergency issue can be solved via tele-dentistry? Strongly agree 7 4.55%
Agree 29 18.83%
Neutral 70 45.45%
Disagree 31 20.13%
Strongly disagree 9 5.84%
Unanswered 8 5.19%
How would you like your orthodontist to follow up with your treatment during the pandemic? Tele-dentistry consults 5 3.25%
Phone/text 13 8.44%
Face to face 24 15.58%
Text message 50 32.47%
Phone 50 32.47%
Other 8 5.19%
Unanswered 4 2.60%
How often would you like to connect with your orthodontist during the pandemic? Every 3 months 8 5.2%
Every 2 months 23 14.9%
Monthly 111 72.1%
Unanswered 12 7.8%
How often would you like to be seen for regular checkups during the pandemic? Every 12 weeks 3 1.9%
Every 10 weeks 3 1.9%
Every 8 weeks 9 5.8%
Every 6 weeks 20 13.0%
Monthly 113 73.4%
Unanswered 6 3.9%
If you had a choice of a type of an appliance to be used for your treatment during the pandemic would you go for: Aligners 44 29%
Fixed braces 84 55%
Unanswered 26 17%