Journal Article

Changes of the soft tissue profile during growth

Per Johan Wisth

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 29, issue suppl_1, pages i114-i117
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Changes of the soft tissue profile during growth

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The study concerns changes of the soft tissue profile of 33 girls and 37 boys from 4 to 10 years of age. The results are presented in growth curves. Generally, it seems that the changes of the soft tissue profile follow the changes of the skeletal profile. However, a difference is noted in the soft tissue area overlying points A and B. Due to variation in the facial expression, it was impossible to examine the vermillion area of the lips with a desirable degree of certainty. The nose seems to be responsible for most of the changes in profile convexity. The changes are due to increment in nose length, as its inclination is relatively unchanged.

It is necessary for orthodontists to be aware of the great profile changes produced by the nose, and evaluate them during treatment planning.

Journal Article.  1638 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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