Evaluation of the Quality and Reliability of YouTubeTM Videos Created by Orthodontists as an Information Source for Clear Aligners

Turk J Orthod. 2024 Mar 28;37(1):44-49. doi: 10.4274/TurkJOrthod.2023.2022.127.


Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the quality, reliability, and content usefulness of videos created by orthodontists on clear orthodontic aligners.

Methods: Videos were screened using YouTubeTM by conducting a search for "Invisalign". After a preliminary evaluation of the first 250 results, 61 videos that met the selection criteria were scored and their length, days since upload, and numbers of views, likes, dislikes, and comments were recorded. These data were used to calculate the interaction index and viewing rate. Video reliability was assessed using a five-item modified DISCERN index, and video quality was assessed using the Video Information and Quality Index. A 10-item content usefulness index was created to determine the usefulness of the video content. Descriptive statistics of the parameters were calculated, and correlation coefficients were calculated to evaluate the relationships between the parameters.

Results: The mean reliability score was 2.75±1.02 (out of 5), and the total quality score was 11.80±3.38 (out of 20). The total content usefulness index was quite low, with a mean score of 2.52±2.14 (out of 10). Interaction index and viewing rate were positively correlated with reliability score (r=0.463, p<0.01; r=0.295, p<0.05) and total quality score (r=0.365, p<0.01; r=0.295, p<0.01, respectively). The reliability score was positively correlated with the total quality score (r=0.842, p<0.01) and total content usefulness index (r=0.346, p<0.01).

Conclusion: Videos about orthodontic aligner treatment have average reliability and quality but largely insufficient content.

Keywords: Clear aligners; YouTube; invisalign; invisible orthodontics; video quality.