Decision Making in Adult Orthodontics

Title of Study: Decision Making in Adult Orthodontics
Department: Eastman Dental Institute: Orthodontics
Name and Contact Details of the Researcher: Dr Wall (
Name and Contact Details of the Principal Researcher: Prof Cunningham (
Name and Contact Details of the UCL Data Protection Officer: Mr Alex Potts, Data Protection Officer, (
This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee: Project ID number: 21327/001



Orthodontic treatment with braces is used to improve the appearance and alignment of teeth and to correct problems with the way the teeth bite together. 

This orthodontic research study aims to investigate the motivation and decision-making processes for adult orthodontic patients.

The aims of the project are to investigate:

- Why adult patients pursue orthodontic treatment 

- What sources they use to find information about treatment

- What factors influence their decision to proceed with treatment

This is important for patients and orthodontists as there is evidence that patients who are better informed are more satisfied and have better outcomes. 

Further details of the survey can be found here in the information leaflet: Participant Information Sheet.pdf  


Please tick the boxes below to indicate you consent to taking part in this study. You must consent to all statements below to partake in the survey.
I confirm that I have read and understood the Participant Information Leaflet for this study. I have had an opportunity to consider the information and what I will need to do.   
I understand that some personal information (email address if provided for the prize draw) will be collected but will be deleted as soon as the study is closed. I understand that according to data protection legislation, ‘public task’ will be the lawful basis for processing this information. I understand that all personal information will remain confidential and that all efforts will be made to ensure I cannot be identified in any way. It will not be possible to identify me in any publications.  
I understand that there are no real personal benefits to me completing the questionnaire and that this research is really to help future patients considering orthodontic treatment. I understand that completing this questionnaire will make me think about how I feel (or felt in the past) about my teeth.   
I confirm that I am an adult patient and that my orthodontic treatment is/was on a private basis and was not NHS funded.  
I voluntarily agree to take part in this study and to complete the questionnaire.