Why orthodontists should be aware of the quality of life of their patients

Admin Dental Press

Edition V16N01 | Year 2011 | Editorial What’s new in DInterviewistry | Pages 13 to 16

Daniela Feu

Given the elective nature of orthodontic treatment the decision to start treatment hinges on the opinions of patients and their parents, which means that patients? motivation is often derived from the negative impact of their malocclusion, be it aesthetic, functional or social. Therefore, this patient autonomy plays an important role in predicting the final results since theoretically satisfaction is related to a reduction or utter elimination of the factors that led them to seek treatment in the first place. So how can orthodontists perform treatments capable of benefitting patients psychosocially and be successful in this endeavor without gaining insight into the impact caused by malocclusion? Faced with this new paradigm, Evidence- Based Dentistry has posed a major challenge to orthodontic practice, namely: To be aware of how orthodontic treatment impacts on patients? daily lives. The reason for this lies in the fact that, to be considered viable, any treatment, including orthodontic treatment, should be capable of bringing significant benefits above and beyond the biological and financial costs to each individual patient.3,20,26

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