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Article: Volume 14 Number 4 Page 201 - October 2021

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  Orth Update 2021; 14: 201-206

Orthodontics:  Does orthodontic treatment provide long-term improvements in patients’ self-esteem and oral health-related quality of life? A literature review

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Abstract: Orthodontic treatment is often provided on the assumption that improvements of oral function and aesthetics will result in improved self-esteem (SE) and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL). This article reviews the current available literature pertaining to the effect of orthodontic treatment on SE and OHRQoL, with a special focus on the longevity of any influence observed. Currently, there is no strong evidence to support that orthodontic treatment causes significant increases in SE and OHRQoL. Reports of treatment benefit in this regard remain equivocal, and the longevity of any effects on SE or OHRQoL remains unknown. This provides an insight into evidence-based treatment benefits and aids informed decision-making.

Clinical relevance: An awareness of the effect of orthodontic treatment on self-esteem and oral health-related quality of life is important to allow a greater understanding of treatment benefit and satisfaction

Author notes: Deirdre Coffey, BA, BDentSc, Dip PCD(RCSI), MFD(RCSI), Specialty Registrar in Orthodontics, University of Manchester. Katie Doody, BA, BDentSc, Dip PCD(RCSI), MFD(RCSI), MSc Endodontics (UCL), Practice limited to Endodontics, Ireland. Email: deirdrecoffey31@gmail.com

Objective: The reader should understand the effect of orthodontic treatment on self-esteem and oral health-related quality of life.

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