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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: ORTHODONTICS
ORTHODONTICS
The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Publication:
Winter 2006
Volume 7 , Issue 4

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PSYCHOSOMATIC NORM IN ORTHODONTICS: PROBLEMS AND APPROACH

Hussam M. Abdel-Kader, BMMSc, HDD, PhD

Pages: 394–398
PMID: 17190233

The term “psychosomatic norm” is not commonly used directly or indirectly in orthodontic discussions. However, at times, this may be the most important factor affecting patient satisfaction with treatment outcome. Psychosomatic norm is a norm based on a subjective psychosocial assessment of what is the patient’s norm. A norm that significantly differs from the clinician’s somatic norm, which is based on objective anatomic assessment, may end in a dilemma of unexplainable and unpredictable dissatisfaction with the orthodontic treatment outcome if not properly handled by the orthodontist. This review article attempts to approach and solve this clinically problematic situation. World J Orthod 2006;7:394–398.

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