Evidence to support the role of orthodontics in improving well-being
Research undertaken at the University of Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry has found that orthodontic treatment before the age of 18 years improves oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), with the most improvement being in emotional and social well-being.
The paper was co-authored by Philip Benson, Professor of Orthodontics , with colleagues Hanieh Javidi, ACF in Orthodontics at Sheffield and Derby and Dr Mario Vettore Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health and published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (Link). It is based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies using patient reported outcomes before and after orthodontic treatment. The findings are highly significant for the orthodontic specialty, because, until now, there has been little evidence that orthodontic treatment improves OHRQoL.
Professor Benson added that the overall number of young people included in the research was relatively small, so further research was needed. Hanieh Javidi has just been awarded the 2017 joint Faculty of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) - British Orthodontic Society Research Fellowship and her PhD research project will investigate OHRQoL in the under 18 age group further.
The paper has been welcomed by Professor Kevin O’Brien in his blog, one of the most widely read orthodontic information resources in the world. Professor O’Brien said the research represented a ‘large step’ forward.
Does orthodontic treatment before the age of 18 years improve oral health-related quality of life? A systematic review and meta-analysis.