Research has shown that orthodontic patients are more likely to retain information presented in an audiovisual format (1). Communication has also resulted in a reduction in pain (2). This study assesses whether provision of audiovisual information on the YouTube (Google, San Bruno, Calif) Web site to orthodontic patients undergoing fixed appliance treatment results in improved oral hygiene, reduced breakages and a reduction in pain from the appliance as compared to patients who receive traditional verbal and written information.
1. Al-Silwadi F, Gill D, Petrie A, Cunningham S. 2015. Effect of social media in improving knowledge among patients having fixed appliance orthodontic treatment: A single-center randomized controlled trial. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 148:231-7
2. Keith D, Rinchuse D, Kennedy M, Zullo T. 2013. Effect of text message follow-up on patient's self-reported level of pain and anxiety, Angle Orthod 83: 605-10,