Assessment of malocclusal traits using the index of complexity, outcome and need (icon) index in orthodontic patients reporting to a private practice
Background: Aims & Objectives: This study attempts to evaluate the usefulness of an index of complexity, outcome and treatment need (ICON) in a group of orthodontic patients reported to a private practice. Materials & Methods: A total of 175 consecutively treated patients identified from the Private orthodontic practice over a period of one year were selected and analysed as per the ICON Index. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS Package-17 version. Results: Among males majority of them showed substantial improvement; 59(86.7%) in their treatment, followed by 7(10.2%) greatly improved cases and 2(2.9%) moderately improved cases. Amongst females majority of them were moderately improved cases; 88(82.2%), followed by 10(9.3%) substantially improved cases and 9(8.41%) greatly improved cases. Conclusion: It was observed from this study that, ICON index can be considered comprehensive enough for assessing the malocclusal traits amongst the patients.
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