The soft-tissue profile preferences of a group of lay persons and professionals
Suliman, Shameela Haroon
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Although facial aesthetics has always been a part of orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, the criteria for facial evaluation have been somewhat arbitrary. They are often based on parameters from the field of art or from evaluating faces chosen by orthodontists or other professionals. The aims and objectives of the study were to determine the soft-tissue profile preference of a group of lay persons and professionals; to compare the preferences of the male and female assessors (lay persons group) with regard to the preferred profiles for the maleand female patient respectively; to test similarities and differences in the professional's perceptions of the various profiles. This qualitative study was undertaken at the orthodontic clinic at UWC using post-treatment soft tissue profile photographs of patients who had attended the orthodontic clinic.