The Facial Profiling of Malocclusions: The Promise of Emerging 3-Dimensional Technologies

The Facial Profiling of Malocclusions: The Promise of Emerging 3-Dimensional Technologies.

Authors: Dr Chris Wholley and Dr Mark Walters.

Source: Australian Society of Orthodontists’ 23rd Congress held in Perth, Australia, 10-14 February 2012

The assessment of facial profile, bite and underlying dental-skeletal discrepancies are critical in the diagnosis and treatment planning of malocclusions. In addition to the clinical evaluation, other records such as facial photography, dental impressions and cephalometry are routinely taken to provide subjective appraisal of facial profile, occlusal relationships and to quantify dental skeletal relationship. The advent of three-dimensional (3D) surface acquisition modalities provides qualitatively detailed images for clinicians, researchers, and patients to assess facial profile. The promise of this technology is being facilitated by the power of the computer and engineered algorithms to provide an objective anlysis of form. The challenge is how to integrate this technology into orthodontic care so as to improve patient assessment and outcomes.

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