Dr. Rida Fatima, Dr. Samina Alvi, Dr. Musarrat Rauf
Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the observed changes in body weight of patients receiving fixed orthodontic treatment. Place and Duration: In the orthodontic department of Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry CMH, Rawalpindi for six months duration from September 2019 to February 2020 Methods: Measurements were taken at monthly intervals at the beginning of orthodontic treatment and subsequent two-month visits. The study was conducted on patients who gave consent. Pretreatment Weight (W1) of 65 patients was taken before starting the treatment and subsequently (W2 and W3) at the next two intra treatment appointments with an interval of one month. Results and Conclusion: Patients receiving fixed orthodontic treatment showed significant weight changes during treatment in W1, W2 and W3, with weight loss in W2 and an increase in W3 phase level. In total 61.5% of women and 54.6% of men reported diet changes during orthodontic treatment. This indicates that orthodontic treatment can be used to supplement and prevent weight loss. Key words: obesity, weight loss, orthodontic treatment.