Level of Awareness of the Population about Dental Veneers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Author(s): Doaa Alghamdi*, Khalid Aboalshamat, Arwa Salem, Shahad Binmahfouz, Aljawharah Alghamdi, Somaya Hassan, Aljawharah Aljohani, Ruba Mohammed
Introduction: The recent development of advanced techniques and technologies increased the interest in dental venues to improve esthetics, such as ceramics and veneers.
Aim: This cross-sectional study aimed to assess the level of awareness of dental veneers among the population in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Materials and Methods: There was a total of 627 participants in the study. Data were collected using self-administrated questionnaires that were modified from previous studies. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS software for t-test, linear regression, Chi square, and ANOVA analyses.
Results: The mean total knowledge score of the participants was m=13.58 (SD=3.35) for a total of twenty-two dental veneers knowledge questions. The participants’ knowledge of dental veneers significantly differed in relation to gender, level of education, family income, and marital status. A small portion of the participants (16.6%) knew about preparation-less veneers (commercially known as Lumineers), and an even smaller portion (14.7%) knew about clip-on veneers (commercially known as a Snap-On smile). Some participants (64.1%) stated that the main reason to seek dental veneers was to have a beautiful smile, while others (49.9%) stated that the main barrier to not have dental veneers was the satisfaction with their own smile.
Conclusion: The overall knowledge regarding dental veneers was moderate and needs to be improved. Social media was the main source of information which suggests that using social media networks in education by dental professionals will help increase population awareness of dental veneers.