Original Article

An assessment of the Quality of Information for Patients on YouTube™ Regarding Orthodontic Elastics


  • Tuğba Haliloğlu Özkan
  • Derya Dursun

Received Date: 13.06.2021 Accepted Date: 16.01.2022 Turk J Orthod 2022;35(3):192-197


The study aimed to investigate the quality of the information available to patients on YouTube™ concerning orthodontic elastics.


A systematic search was carried out on YouTube™ using the keyword “elastics.” The first 120 videos were viewed by 2 independent reviewers, and after the inclusion criteria were applied, 39 videos were excluded from the study. Demographic data of the videos were collected for the remaining 81 videos. For each video, its purpose, target audience, and source were also recorded. A 10-point content scale was used to evaluate the video content. The Global Quality Scale was also used to determine the quality of the videos. Statistical analyses were performed using the Kruskal–Wallis and Mann–Whitney U tests, and correlation coefficient analyses were performed using Spearman’s rho.


In total, 36% of the included videos were uploaded by dentists and 22% by laypersons. In 77% of the videos, the purpose was to inform laypersons, and in 4%, the purpose was to inform professionals only. The content discussed the most (85.2%) was the instruction of orthodontic elastics use. The mean 10-point Content Scale score and Global Quality Scale score of the videos were 2.25 ± 1.99 (poor) and 2.60 ± 0.73 (moderate), respectively. There was a positive correlation between 10-point Content Scale and Global Quality Scale score (r = 0.258).


The information available on YouTube™ regarding orthodontic elastics is quite poor and can be misleading for patients. Therefore, health professionals with evidence-based knowledge and clinical experience should improve the way they use YouTube™ to inform patients about the correct use of orthodontic elastics and to improve compliance with wearing orthodontic elastics.

Keywords: Dentistry, internet, orthodontic elastics, orthodontics, YouTube™