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Perception of orthodontic treatment need among Swedish children, adolescents and young adults
Public Dent Health Serv, Sweden.
Institute Postgrad Dent Educ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Public Dental Health Care. Public Dent Health Serv, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 75, no 6, 407-412 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Perceptions of orthodontic treatment need and perceptions of dental aesthetics was investigated among subjects ages 10, 15 and 19. Materials and methods: A total of 489 subjects completed a questionnaire after inspecting 10 photographs in the Aesthetic Component scale of the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need to (i) reveal the lower limit for orthodontic treatment need and (ii) rate their dental aesthetics by selecting the most similar photo. Results: The mean lower limit for orthodontic treatment need was significantly higher (and closer to literature-based standards) among subjects, age 10 (4.21.5), than among subjects, age 15 (3.6 +/- 1.2) (p = .0009), and subjects, age 19 (3.5 +/- 1.2) (p = .00002). Among subjects ages 15 and 19, the lower limit for orthodontic treatment need was lower in groups with (i) self-perceived orthodontic treatment need (p = .002 and .001, respectively) and (ii) previous orthodontic treatment (p = .005 and .035, respectively). Self-perceived orthodontic treatment need was present in more than one-third of subjects, age 19, who had previously received orthodontic treatment. Subjects of foreign origin reported that their dental aesthetics were worse (p = .002) and those same subjects, age 19, set the lower limit for orthodontic treatment lower (p = .047) than Swedes, age 19. Conclusions: The lower limit for orthodontic treatment need among subjects, age 10, was higher - compared to subjects, ages 15 and 19 - and closer to literature-based standards. Subjects with self-perceived orthodontic treatment need, subjects with previous orthodontic treatment, and subjects age 19 of foreign origin, have higher aesthetic demands.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 75, no 6, 407-412 p.
Keyword [en]
Health attitudes; adolescents; aesthetics; dental; orthodontics
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139532DOI: 10.1080/00016357.2017.1326062ISI: 000405394200004PubMedID: 28539076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139532DiVA: diva2:1130170
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Funding Agencies|Public Dental Service (Folktandvorden) Ostergotland, Sweden [6-14-17]

Available from: 2017-08-08 Created: 2017-08-08 Last updated: 2017-08-08

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