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Sameer Kumar Vandrangi
Silpa Madhuri Chikkala
Rethish Elangovan
Lily Sofea Binti Hamidi
Sharifah Shahira Binti Syed Abdillah
Nurul Aqilah Binti Maaruf
Dharnya A/P Bala Subramaniam
Renu Sarah Samson
Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe


Clear aligners, malocclusion, awareness, fixed appliance, removable appliance.


Clear aligners are novel near invisible orthodontic appliances that help in correction of misaligned teeth. They align teeth just as conventional braces do, but using transparent, removable appliances. Clear aligners offer a lot of advantages such as the less painful treatment, compared to that of traditional braces resulting in better patient acceptance and better quality of life contributing to the public health. In this study, we tried to study the awareness and knowledge of clear aligners among Manipal University College Malaysia (MUCM) students and its association with gender, academic course and previous history of orthodontic treatment using a questionnaire.

 Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted among 449 MUCM medical and dental students. An online questionnaire was prepared using the Google forms with 1 question on awareness and 13 questions on knowledge. The responses were collected and analysed.

 Results: 80.7% of the students are aware of clear aligners. However, the overall knowledge percentage mean was less (48.6%). There is statistically significant difference in awareness of clear aligners with gender, academic course, and previous history of orthodontic treatment.

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