Self-esteem problems were found to be associated with self-injury and suicidal tendencies among adolescents. Facial deformity and related malocclusions, whither are congenital or acquired conditions, have an impact on the psychosocial aspect of orthodontic patients. The extent of this negative self-image has variable effects on human behavior which can include compliance, communication, patient satisfaction, the overall quality of treatment, and many others. The increased demand for improving facial aesthetics cannot be explained merely by oral health. In this lecture, a practical guide for clinicians will be presented in order to communicate efficiently and effectively with orthodontic patients. As healthcare providers, how can we improve the quality of life of adolescents who are vulnerable to self-esteem related issues?
Understand the emotional challenges some adolescent orthodontic may have.
Identify patients with higher tendencies for self-harming or suicidal thoughts.
Use a practical guide for proper communication with these adolescent patients to improve treatment outcome and quality of life.