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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Effect of variations in facial flow curves on the perceptions of smile esthetics by laypeople

      Abstract

      Statement of problem

      Information about the effect of the facial flow concept on the smile esthetic perception of laypeople is lacking.

      Purpose

      The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the facial flow concept on laypeople’s perception of smile esthetics.

      Material and methods

      Frontal full-face images of a female volunteer were digitally altered to create commissural line and transverse occlusal plane inclinations, a dental midline shift, and facial asymmetries. A questionnaire was developed, and a single researcher asked 400 evaluators to rate the attractiveness of the different smiles by using a visual analog scale. The subsequent data were analyzed by using 3-factor repeated measures ANOVA and post hoc Bonferroni tests.

      Results

      Images with commissural line and transverse occlusal plane inclinations pointing toward the green side of the facial flow curve were found to be more attractive than those with inclinations pointing to the red side (P<.001). Asymmetric facial images with the dental midline coinciding with the facial flow curve had higher esthetic scores than those without (P<.001). Images that showed parallelism between the transverse occlusal plane and commissural line inclinations were perceived as more esthetic (P<.001).

      Conclusions

      In an asymmetric face model, the degree and direction of commissural line and transverse occlusal plane inclinations and dental midline shift influenced the perceived attractiveness of a smile.
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