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Original Article

The Relationship of Dental Aesthetic Index with Dental Appearance, Smile and Desire for Orthodontic Correction

Ullal A Nayak, Jasmin Winnier

Keywords : Dental aesthetic index, dental appearance, desire for orthodontic correction

Citation Information : Nayak UA, Winnier J. The Relationship of Dental Aesthetic Index with Dental Appearance, Smile and Desire for Orthodontic Correction. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2009; 2 (2):6-12.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1023

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-08-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2009; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between dental aesthetic index (DAI) and self – satisfaction with dental appearance, smile and desire for orthodontic care. Methods: A survey of 103 school children, 51 boys and 52 girls was carried out in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram. The subjects were interviewed using a questionnaire consisting of questions concerning smile, dental appearance and desire for orthodontic treatment. They were also assessed using the dental aesthetic index. Results: Statistically significant correlations were between subjective assessments of dental appearance and DAI (P = 0.042) and need for orthodontic treatment and DAI (P = 0.045). The strongest correlations were found between DAI and comparative evaluations of dental appearance (P < 0.005). Conclusion: This study has shown significant correlations between DAI and subjective perceptions of dental appearance.

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