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Eur J Dent. 2010 Apr;4(2):171-4.

Color preferences of patients receiving elastic ligatures.

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  • 1Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Ondokuz Mayis, Samsun, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the color preferences for elastic ligatures among patients receiving fixed-appliance orthodontic therapy.

METHODS:

Five hundred patients with metal brackets (336 female patients and 164 male patients) were included, and their color preferences for elastic ligatures were recorded using a color scale. Chi-square analysis was performed to evaluate the color preferences and to determine the influence of age and gender on color preferences (P<.05).

RESULTS:

Two hundred and seventy-six patients (55.2%) preferred strikingly colorful elastic ligatures, while 224 patients (44.8%) preferred less noticeable elastic ligatures. No significant difference was observed between the color preferences of female and male patients (P>.05). However, significant differences were observed between the color preferences of adolescents and older patients (P<.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Female patients preferred red-purple-colored tones, while male patients preferred blue-black-colored tones. Adolescents preferred colorful elastic ligatures, while older patients preferred ligatures with less-noticeable colors. A stock of 10-12 colorful and less-noticeable elastic ligatures seems to be adequate to ensure patient satisfaction.

KEYWORDS:

Color preference; Elastic ligatures; Orthodontic therapy

PMID:
20396449
PMCID:
PMC2853826
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