Dr Wan Nurazreena Wan Hassan obtained her degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the merged University of Wales College of Medicine and Cardiff University. She returned to the UK to train in orthodontics at the University Dental Hospital, Cardiff, where she graduated with distinction for her Master of Dental Science in Orthodontics. She was also conferred with both the Membership in Orthodontics and Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She is a member of the Malaysian Association of Orthodontists and Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, and is a registered specialist under the Malaysian National Specialist Register. Her current research interests include the application of advanced technological tools for clinical practice and audits to improve the quality of orthodontic practice. She worked together with co-researchers at University Malaya and Ministry of Health Malaysia to adapt the Psychosocial Impact of Dental Aesthetics Questionnaire for Malaysian adolescents. She is currently involved in studies on oral health related quality of life focusing on orthodontics.
Oral Health Related Quality of Life in Orthodontics
Malocclusions are usually not considered a disease-based problem. Dental malocclusions comprise a wide spectrum of dental arrangements perceived as aesthetically poor, such as protruding teeth, crowded or crooked teeth, and spacing. These are often reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment regardless of the severity of the malocclusion. Orthodontics have been perceived to improve the quality of life through improved dental aesthetics but evidence to prove this in the past have been limited. As methods to measure oral health related quality of life become more accessible, there is now more scope to understand how malocclusion and orthodontic treatment affects patients. This lecture will cover the current issues on oral health related quality of life related to orthodontics.