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Original Article

One assessment of lips and its dynamic evaluation

2005, Volumen 35, Número 3
Georges L.S. Skinazi
Ortodoncista, práctica privada. Profesor en la Facultad de Cirugía Dental de París V. París, Francia

The evaluation of the lips presents a complex problem since it involves observing the mouth from both opposite as well as in profile and detecting, if possible, its dynamics while selecting the most representative labial mime. In this way, a smile is revealed as an expression of privileged reference. In this report, a young man and woman provide two standard testimonies. This allows an assessment of the labial surface expressed by means of a reference “trapezium”. These observations lead to criteria proposals related to exposure of the mouth, the upper lip, the bottom lip, teeth and gums when smiling. In order to transfer these observations to usual orthodontic practice, the proportions displayed are incorporated into the “assessment of the modelling of cutaneous profile in teleradiography”, as well as a “punctuation of negative factors” where global consideration relativises the aesthetic assessment of each patient when making a clinical decision.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2005;35(3):179-187)

Key words:
Facial aesthetic. Mouth proportions. Smile.
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