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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 129-133

Orthodontic smile: A new categorization of the perfect smile

Centro de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Psicologia da Saúde, Egas Moniz - Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Almada, Portugal

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Dr. Maria do Rosário Dias
Campus Universitário, Quinta da Granja, Monte de Caparica, 2829.511, Caparica
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejgd.ejgd_157_20

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Background and Aim: There is a shortage of empirical studies that combine the problem of malocclusion to the importance of the self-perception of the mouth/smile in the mental representation of the self-image of the face, which is the aim of the present qualitative and exploratory study. Subjects and Methods: The convenience sample consisted of 151 children and youngsters of both genders, aged 8–24 years, who used an orthodontic appliance for 6 months to 1 year, and were invited to draw two portraits of their mouth/smile before (M1) and after (M2) the use of an orthodontic appliance. Results: The main reasons that underpin the use of an orthodontic appliance are defined by the crooked teeth correction, malocclusion correction, and interdental spaces categories, in which having the perfect smile was only relevant to preteens. Discussion and Conclusions: In the present study, we have identified the orthodontic smile as a new categorization of a perfect smile associated with the social display of a look with perfect teeth.

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