Impact of malocclusion on the quality of life of Pakistani children
Introduction: There are various orthodontic conditions that can affect quality of life of a person. The aim of this study was to determine the quality of life score in kids with orthodontic conditions presenting in a tertiary care hospital.
Material and Methods: Three hundred patients were selected from outpatient, Department of Orthodontics, de’Mont/Punjab Dental Hospital, Lahore. The study as well as research protocol was explained to patient and an informed consent was taken. Self-administered questionnaire (CPQ) was given to the participants. It was explained to them and they filled it without any help from parents. Randomly 10 cases were rechecked to rule out error.
Results: The mean total Quality of Life (QOL) score was 10.18±6.89. There was significant difference between the means of total QOL score with malocclusion severity levels and insignificant difference was found with gender.
Conclusions: Quality of life is significantly affected by the severity of orthodontic conditions.