The Mental Representation of the Smile Before and After Orthodontic Treatment

Background: Understanding the significance, meaning, and self-image that a smile reflects in a person’s everyday life is still a hot topic in science.

The aim of this qualitative and exploratory research is to learn more about the impact of self-perception of the mouth and smile on mental representations of self-image and personal well-being.

Materials and Procedures: The convenience sample included 151 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 24, who used an orthodontic appliance and were asked to draw two portraits of their mouth/smile.

The findings point to variations in the mental depiction of the mouth and smile, specifically in the investment of the drawings before and after orthodontic treatment, as well as in the expressiveness and manifestation of emotions.

Discussion and Conclusions: The findings indicate that the key reason people seek orthodontic care is for cosmetic and functional reasons, with the maximisation of the mental image of the Orthodontic Smile emerging as a new category of the ideal smile.

Author (s) Details

Maria do Rosário Dias
Unidade de Investigação-Centro de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Psicologia da Saúde Egas Moniz (EMCIMPS/ CiiEM), Egas Moniz-Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Monte de Caparica, Portugal.

Ana Ferreira
Unidade de Investigação-Centro de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Psicologia da Saúde Egas Moniz (EMCIMPS/ CiiEM), Egas Moniz-Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Monte de Caparica, Portugal.

Valter Pedroso Alves
Unidade de Investigação-Centro de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Psicologia da Saúde Egas Moniz (EMCIMPS/ CiiEM), Egas Moniz-Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Monte de Caparica, Portugal.

Ana Delgado
Unidade de Investigação-Centro de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Psicologia da Saúde Egas Moniz (EMCIMPS/ CiiEM), Egas Moniz-Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Monte de Caparica, Portugal.

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