Do maloclusions give individuals a profile of suspicious crime?




Social perception; Forensic dentistry; Criminal behavior; Maloclusion.


To evaluate the influence of class I malocclusions (diastema and crowding) in granting to public security agents. A cross-sectional study was carried out with security officers of both sexes (n = 100). It was used to study images of sketch of the same individual with class I malocclusion with diastema and crowding and ideal smile. With these images in hand, a questionnaire was created, divided into two parts, the first where the images were put together to allow the comparison between them and the second where each image was evaluated following the questions and a visual analogue scale that presented a bar with markings ranging from 0 to 100 where 0 represented the untrustworthy individual, 50 trusted and 100 very trustworthy. With the obtained data, statistical analyzes were carried out using the chi-square and Friedman tests. The significance level adopted was 5% (α = 0.05). The individual with the ideal smile was associated by security agents as more prone to common crimes, when compared to individuals with diastema and crowding (p <0.001). The individual with ideal smile was associated by security agents as the most likely to commit crimes, due to exhibiting more mature traits, when compared to disability with class I malocclusions, which gives them the child's morphological characteristic.


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SANTOS, N. de L. .; SANTOS, C. B. R. dos .; LIMA, S. O. A. S. .; CANTO, F. M. T. .; CRUZ, J. P. P. .; ANDRADE, A. C. D. V. de .; COQUEIRO, R. da S. .; PITHON, M. M. . Do maloclusions give individuals a profile of suspicious crime?. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 13, p. e197101318984, 2021. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v10i13.18984. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 dec. 2021.



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