PATIENTS’ PREFERENCE REGARDING FACIAL APPEARANCE, GENDER AND ATTIRE OF ORTHODONTISTS
We investigated whether the facial appearance, gender and attire have an influence on the choice of orthodontist.
Using a questionnaire regarding 4 orthodontists and 3 types of attire and facial appearance was judged by 450 participants from different age groups. The chi-square test was applied preferences by the participants.
Male orthodontist with facial hair was preferred by 72.4%. Female orthodontist was preferred by 73.6%. White coat attire was preferred by 48.2% over tie with coat and t-shirt. Female orthodontist with scarf was preferred by 56%.
It was concluded that the facial appearance, gender and attire of the orthodontist does influence the choice of participants for their treatment.