Body weight changes, dietary habits, and self-perceived discomfort associated with orthodontics: A review of the literature

  • Sandro Israel Fajardo Quezada Universidad Católica de Cuenca – Ecuador
  • Celia María Pulgarín Fernandez Universidad Católica de Cuenca – Ecuador
Keywords: Orthodontics; Body weight; Dietary habits; Adaptation; Oral health.


In current orthodontic literature, significant connections have been established between orthodontics and aspects related to body weight, dietary patterns, and the subjective perception of discomfort in patients. One notable finding is the initial weight loss experienced by many patients at the beginning of orthodontic treatment, possibly due to difficulties in chewing solid foods caused by orthodontic appliances. Emphasizing the importance of investigating and monitoring patients’ dietary patterns during this critical stage and providing dietary guidance to promote healthier eating habits. It has been observed that patients’ adaptation to orthodontic appliances leads to a gradual recovery of lost weight. Furthermore, the information provided by patients regarding their dietary habits promotes a difference in daily eating habits due to the discomfort associated with chewing different food textures; these discomforts, although subjective and varied, tend to decrease over time as patients adapt to their orthodontic appliances.


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Author Biographies

Sandro Israel Fajardo Quezada, Universidad Católica de Cuenca – Ecuador

Odontólogo General de la Universidad Católica de Cuenca, Especialista en Ortodoncia de la Universidad Católica de Cuenca.

Celia María Pulgarín Fernandez, Universidad Católica de Cuenca – Ecuador

Médico, Especialista en Medicina Crítica y Terapia Intensiva, Máster en Administración de Empresas. Médico tratante de la Unidad de Pacientes Críticos Adultos del Hospital de Especialidades José Carrasco Arteaga. Cuenca, Ecuador. Miembro de la Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Terapia Intensiva núcleo Azuay.


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How to Cite
Fajardo Quezada, S. I., & Pulgarín Fernandez, C. M. (2023). Body weight changes, dietary habits, and self-perceived discomfort associated with orthodontics: A review of the literature. Religación, 8(38), e2301113.
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