For the purpose of evaluating the prevalence of malocclusion and self-esteem in adolescents, 1,380 middleschool students in the Yangsan area were surveyed by oral examination and questionnaires and the obtained results were as follows:The distribution of 1st molar occlusion by Angle’s classification was 69.0, 19.4, 10.6% for Class I, II and III respectively. In the horizontal relationship, the prevalence of normal overjet and crossbite was 86.9% and 5.6%respectively whereas larger and extremely larger overjet was found in 6.6% and 0.8%. In the vertical relationship of anterior teeth, normal, deep overbite and openbite was shown in 94.1%, 4.7%, and 1.2%. For the midline discrepancy, the distribution of groups with 0~1 mm, 2~4 mm and over 5 mm was 98.2%, 1.4%, and 0.4%.
Crowding only in the maxilla was found in 9.6%, while that only in the mandible and in both arches was 14.1%and 24.1% respectively. Spacing only in the maxilla was seen in 3.0%, while that only in the mandible and in both arches was 2.4% and 1.7% respectively. Significant difference in self-esteem was revealed in female and malocclusion groups of crossbite and openbite(p < 0.05).