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Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010 Aug;138(2):160-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2008.08.040.

Evaluation of the effects of malocclusion and orthodontic treatment on self-esteem in an adolescent population.

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Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. fortit@chol.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of malocclusion and orthodontic treatment on adolescent self-esteem.

METHODS:

A total of 4509 middle school students were clinically evaluated for dental crowding. Lip protrusion was also measured with a specially designed ruler. Rosenberg's self-esteem scale was used to determine each subject's level of self-esteem.

RESULTS:

The results showed that sex played a role in the relationship between self-esteem and malocclusion. For the girls, crowding of the anterior teeth had significant effects on their self-esteem; however, there was no significant difference in the boys' self-esteem. After fixed orthodontic treatment, the girls had higher self-esteem than the untreated malocclusion group. Girls with an ideal profile and good tooth alignment also showed higher self-esteem than students with crowding or protrusion.

CONCLUSIONS:

This clinical study proved that malocclusion and fixed orthodontic treatment can affect self-esteem in adolescent girls.

PMID:
20691357
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajodo.2008.08.040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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