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J Am Dent Assoc. 1995 Jun;126(6):769-72.

How dentists perceive the effects of orthodontic extraction on facial appearance.

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Department of Orthodontics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, USA.


In recent years, orthodontic treatment, particularly that involving premolar extractions, has been alleged to cause flat facial profiles. Those who make such assertions also claim to be able to instantly identify from a distance faces of patients who have received orthodontic treatment. These are strong claims that could profoundly affect the public's perception of dentistry and its specialties. This study examined whether dentists could distinguish between profiles of treated and untreated patients as well as between patients who had undergone extraction and those who had not.

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