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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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DIAZ REISSNER, Clarisse Virginia; MOREL BARRIOS, Milner Iván  and  PEREZ BEJARANO, Nohelia María. Satisfaction with dental appearance and desired treatments in college students. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2015, vol.13, n.2, pp.18-25. ISSN 1812-9528.

Dental appearance is considered one component of facial beauty, which once restored by a dentist might influence generating a positive effect on self-esteem, and quality of life. The aim of this study was to determine general satisfaction of dental appearance in students of Visual Arts and Costume Design of Superior Institute of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Arts of the National University of Asunción, enrolled in 2014. A questionnaire comprising demographic data, level of satisfaction with general dental appearance, and varied dental aspects, as well as the desired aesthetic dental treatment was used. Sampling was made of 108 students, corresponding to 49.1% of the population. It was observed that 48.2% was dissatisfied with the general appearance of their teeth, being the dental treatment options: whitening (63.9%) and orthodontics (47.2%). Predisposing factors to dissatisfaction were the fact of being residing in the "Gran Asuncion" area and the countryside, and perceiving his/her teeth as misaligned. On the other hand, satisfaction was favored by feeling comfortable with the color of their teeth.

Keywords : Dental esthetical; self concept; patient satisfaction; students/art.

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