A Cephalometric Analysis of the Soft Tissue Profile
Zylinski, Christian Gerard
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Facial aesthetics must be a major consideration of the orthodontist when treating a patient. In the past, concern has focused on the skeletal and dental support and it was believed that once the teeth and bones were in the right places, the result would be a pleasing face. This does not seem to be the case and therefore, an analysis of the soft tissue (specifically, the soft tissue profile) is needed. Some investigators have been successful in deriving measurements from the soft tissue profile which relate to facial aesthetfcs. However, an extensive analysis of the soft tissue has not been done. Since orthodontists need a goal to work for in their patients, the scope of this project was to determine norm values for pleasing faces. In other words, an analysis of the soft tissue profile was done in an attempt to establish a pattern for facial aesthetics.