Patient experiences with the forsus fatigue resistant device
Bowman, Amy C.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate patients' experiences with the Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device, a functional appliance used in Class II correction, through the use of a survey. The survey focused on a patient's comprehensive experience with Forsus, both initially and after several months of wear, including the patient's overall impression of the appliance. An additional aim of this study was to develop a survey that could be useful in comparing other orthodontic appliances in future studies. The survey was administered to 74 patients currently wearing Forsus in both university and private practice settings. Results from the survey show an 81.5% acceptance rate, that is, respondents who reported a neutral to favorable experience with Forsus. 89.8% reported growing accustomed the appliance within 4 weeks. The majority of those who had previously worn rubber bands found Forsus to be "easier." Cheek irritation was the most serious side effect. Other negative effects generally decreased over time.