Dr Ayesha Afzaal, Dr Asma Khalid, Dr Sara Ahmad
Introduction and objectives: There are abundant articles discussing the effect of malocclusion generally or a specific type of malocclusion on the quality of life or self-esteem of patients. The main objective of the study is to explore the relationships of anterior crowding and oral hygiene. Material and methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in Punjab Dental Hospital, Lahore during March 2019 to November 2019. The data was collected from 100 patients. The data was collected through OHIP-14 questionnaire after a clinical evaluation of the severity of their spacing or crowding. Results: The data was collected from 100 patients. The mean age of the patients was 25.2±5.67 years. The distribution of anterior crowding malocclusion (ACM) and anterior spacing malocclusion (ASM) were divided into mild, moderate, and severe based on the severity of the cases. A trend was observed for both ACM and ASM where those with a mild form of malocclusion were more prevalent followed by moderate and severe forms. Conclusion: It is concluded that anterior malocclusion (crowding or spacing) impacts OHRQoL negatively, especially heightening self-consciousness about their appearance. These effects should be addressed by the orthodontist during the course of treatment.