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Self-Confidence in Kids and Teens Boosted from Orthodontic Treatments

Kids become more aware of their physical appearance as they become teenagers and young adults. Minor differences in the way they look compared to their peers can lower their self-confidence, especially when it comes to their smile.  


Though most side effects of oral health conditions are typically physical, there are emotional effects as well. Studies are finding that unresolved orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth or overbite, play a role in how we view ourselves and how we interact with others. 

Published in 2014, a study in The European Journal of Orthodontics (Johal et al, 2014) determined that self-esteem was significantly improved from teeth straightening (orthodontia). The study found that between the start of treatment and the end of treatment, patients undergoing orthodontic procedures had a marked improvement in self-esteem. Though the study was conducted on adult patients, it can be applied to adolescents and teens, as they will become adults that benefited from early orthodontic treatment.

A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) (Agou et al, 2008) was conducted to examine the relationship between oral health-related quality of life and self-esteem in adolescents aged 11 to 14. The study determined the impact of a poor bite (malocclusion) was closely related to their feelings of self-worth. The authors concluded that “The impact of malocclusion on quality of life is substantial in children with low self-esteem.”

No one should have to hide their smile because of embarrassing dental problems, especially youngsters on the verge of adulthood. Early intervention for common orthodontic issues, including overbites, crooked teeth, and crowding can help give your child a lifetime of a confident, healthy smile.
 
 

References:

Ama Johal, Iman Alyaqoobi, Rachna Patel, Shirley Cox. “The impact of orthodontic treatment on quality of life and self-esteem in adult patients.” The European Journal of Orthodontics. Published online September 11, 2014. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejo/cju047 (Accessed June 1, 2016).

Shoroog Agou, David Locker, David L. Streiner, Bryan Tompson. “Impact of self-esteem on the oral-health-related quality of life of children with malocclusion.” AJO-DO.  October 2008; 132(4): 484-489. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajodo.2006.11.021
 

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