EFFECTS OF MALOCCLUSION ON ORAL HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE (OHRQoL): A CRITICAL REVIEW

Ziad Salim Abdul Majid, Randa F. Abidia

Abstract


Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to provide a useful critical review relating to the effects of malocclusion on the physical, social, and psychological aspects of the Quality of Life (QoL) of patients. Methods: The information presented in previous articles was reviewed. They include reviews, meta-analyses, cross-sectional studies, retrospective and prospective longitudinal studies, and randomized controlled trials. These full-text English-language papers were studied to determine the effects of malocclusion on QoL. Results: Recent studies have found that malocclusion is associated with higher levels of dissatisfaction with appearance, and have the potential to negatively impact Oral Health Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL). However, due to the differences in study designs, population demographics studied, and methods of assessment of physical, social, and psychological health, the evidence needs more analysis. Conclusion: In recent years, attention to patient-centered assessment has greatly increased. The orthodontist’s point of view has expanded from dentofacial esthetics to the patient’s overall OHRQoL. This leads to increase in dental practitioners comprehensively and rigorously, thus assessing the effects of malocclusion on QoL. The demand on standardized, valid, and reliable data collection instruments will increase as practices treats malocclusion issues to elevate patient’s overall OHRQoL.

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