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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 189-193

Dental esthetics and its effect on psychological well-being in a university hospital in Riyadh, KSA

1 MSc Restorative and Aesthetics Dentistry, Restorative Department Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Aarabia
2 MSc Community Dentistry, Preventive Department Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Aarabia
3 Dental Intern, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Aarabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yasmine Tarek Ahmed
Department of Restorative and Esthetics, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Saudi Aarabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjos.SJOralSci_33_20

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Background: The importance of dental esthetics among young adults is significantly increasing, affecting their self-confidence and self-image, especially with the major role being played by the media. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the impact of dental esthetics on the psychological well-being of adult patients attending a university hospital in Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A total of 613 patients attending university hospitals participated in this study by answering the online and printed version of the questionnaires. A Psychosocial Impact of dental aesthetics questionnaire was used in self-assessment for satisfaction with dental esthetics, and a self-perceived dental treatment needs. Collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square tests. Results: The participants reported smile satisfaction with satisfied (52.4%) and highly satisfied (22.8%), while only 24.8% reported dissatisfaction. Tooth color was the most common cause of dissatisfaction (49.3%). Conclusions: The majority of the participants were satisfied with their smiles, however, a large percentage are still in need of further esthetic dental treatments as their smiles have a major impact on their social and psychological well-being. Hence, more public awareness programs should be directed to educate our community to make better choices of cosmetic dental procedures.

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