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CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 380 - Malocclusion and Orthodontic Treatment Affect Quality Of Life-Facts Or Myths?

Although an increasing amount of research is focused on whether malocclusion, orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery affect oral health-related quality of life, the evidence remains relatively weak. Young people and adults frequently report that malocclusion and facial deformity adversely influences how they interact with other people and with their community. Therefore, it is not surprising that patients often request orthodontic treatment and undergo orthognathic surgery in the hope that this will enhance their self-confidence and social well-being. However, the benefits of orthodontics and facial surgery remain hard to prove. It is also not clear how the individual's self-esteem and other indicators of psychological well-being influence the outcomes. We will examine the most up-to-date evidence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concepts of quality of life, health-related quality of life and oral health-related quality of life, how they might be measured and how they might be influenced by the individual's psychological well-being
  • Know the evidence that malocclusion can have a significant impact on an individual's oral health-related quality of life and in particular their social well-being
  • Recognize that correction of malocclusion might have a significant impact on oral health-related quality of life and comprehend the effect of dental appearance on the psychosocial well-being of patients undergoing orthognathic surgery
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