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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 162-164

Changes in quality of life during orthodontic correction of midline diastema

1 Department of Orthodontics, Vivekananda Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Division of Orthodontics, Adhiparasakthi Dental College, Melmaruvathur, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. S Nagalakshmi
Department of Orthodontics, Vivekananda Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.137435

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Aim: The aim of our study is to evaluate the changes in quality of life among patients treated for maxillary midline diastema by fixed orthodontic appliances. Materials and Methods: This prospective longitudinal study consists of 40 patients of age group 20-30 years who underwent orthodontic correction of midline diastema. The patient's quality of life is evaluated using 22-item orthognathic quality of life questionnaire. They were evaluated prior to appliance therapy, 1 month after appliance fixation, 4 th and 8 th month during treatment and 1 month after treatment. Results: Our results showed moderate improvement in quality of life as early as at the start of orthodontic therapy. The response was equal among both sexes. The quality of life experience improved only mildly during the orthodontic treatment. However, the condition specific quality of life at the end of appliance therapy improved by nearly 50% when compared with prior to treatment. Conclusion: Our study has concluded that the correction of midline diastema has improved the quality of life among young people by nearly 50%. The acceptance to orthodontic therapy and patient perception toward fixed appliance has demonstrated remarkable improvement in quality of life during the treatment. Our study calls for additional patient counseling and motivation during the course of fixed appliance therapy.

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