Malocclusion interferes in romantic relationships between young adults

Admin Dental Press

Edition V21N01 | Year 2016 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 15 to 17

Matheus Melo Pithon

We orthodontists, more than anyone, know the importance of a good occlusion, not only for the aesthetic aspect, but also for the functional one. Recent studies have shown unprecedented and revealing results demonstrating how much malocclusion influences social relations between individuals. From this perspective, question arises: Regarding romantic relationships, would malocclusions be decisive in establishing these relationships among young people? Seeking an answer to this question as well as other ones, Brazilian researchers developed this study.1 Therefore, images of young people’s smiles with different types of malocclusion were used (Fig 1). They were presented to evaluators associated with a visual analogue scale. The images were manipulated so that the same face would receive different types of malocclusion. The results of this study revealed that malocclusion has a negative influence in developing affective/love relationships between young adults. According to the authors, patients with a good occlusion are better perceived, based on an emotional point of view.

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