Journal Article

Are orthognathic patients different?

SJ Cunningham, MS Gilthorpe and NP Hunt

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 22, issue 2, pages 195-202
Published in print April 2000 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online April 2000 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejo/22.2.195
Are orthognathic patients different?

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This questionnaire-based study investigated the psychological profile of orthognathic patients prior to starting treatment and compared the findings with a control group of non-patients. Comparison of the data used multivariate multiple regression analysis where outcome variables and independent variables were studied simultaneously. Some differences were found in the psychological profile of the orthognathic patient. They displayed higher levels of state anxiety (P<0.001), higher numbers of individuals in their social support network (P<0.05), and lower body image and facial body image (P<0.001). Self-esteem was also found to be lower, but only at borderline levels of significance (P=0.052).

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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