Self-Perception of Teeth Alignment and Color in Adolescents
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The study suggests that smoking and lower maternal level of education were linked with worse self-perception of teeth alignment and color in adolescents.

This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and factors associated with self-perception of teeth alignment and color in adolescents.

This cross-sectional study was carried out in public and private schools in Brazil. A representative sample of students aged 15 to 19 years was included. The outcome of this study was self-perception of teeth alignment and color according to selected items from a structured and validated questionnaire. The study included 736 adolescents.

Results were;
--The worst self-perception of teeth alignment and color was observed in 46.5% of the adolescents.

--Nonsmokers presented a prevalence ratio (PR) 29% lower for the worst self-perception of teeth alignment and color when compared to smokers/former smokers.

--Adolescents with highly educated mothers presented a lower prevalence of negative self-perception than those with mothers with a low level of education.

--Presence of orthodontic treatment with or without tooth whitening was associated with better self-perception of teeth alignment and color.

In particular, exposure to smoking and lower maternal level of education were associated with worse self-perception of teeth alignment and color in adolescents. A history of orthodontic treatment with or without tooth whitening was associated with a lower concern with aesthetics.

International Dental Journal
Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.identj.2021.04.001
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