Boosting Self-Perception through Orthodontics

Can orthodontic treatment improve an adolescent’s estheticself-perception?

That question was central to a long-term study initiated in 2006 at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro State University Orthodontic Clinic. Results of thestudy were published in the June 2012 edition of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The treatment group for the study consisted of 92 patients ranging in age from 12 to 15 years. The study includeda control group of 226 untreated adolescents, 124 of whom were waiting for treatment. Another 102 adolescents were attending public school and had never undergone or sought orthodontic care.