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J Am Dent Assoc. 1987 Dec;Spec No:89E-95E.

The beauty of the face: an orthodontic perspective.

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  • J Am Dent Assoc 1988 May;116(6):614.


In esthetic dentistry, the practitioner needs to consider more than just tooth shade and contour. All too often, attention is directed toward reconstructing the dentition for function and esthetic appearance without regard for an existing malocclusion and facial imbalance. When an individual accepts esthetic dental reconstruction, it can be assumed that he or she is attempting to improve a self-image. Dentofacial balance must be considered to truly enhance a patient's potential to achieve the optimal dentofacial esthetic appearance and enhance self-image. Optimal care in the area of esthetics, therefore, requires that esthetic dentistry be considered a multidisciplined service encouraging cooperation among the patient's family dentist, orthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, prosthodontist, plastic surgeon, periodontist, and possibly others.

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