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Article: Volume 41 Number 6 Page 483 - July/August 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 483-489

Orthodontics:  Smile Analysis: What to Measure

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Abstract: Patients seek dental treatment to improve oral function as well as their attractiveness. In order to improve smile attractiveness, clinicians need to carry out a comprehensive smile assessment. The aim of this paper is to help clinicians to adopt a systematic approach toward smile assessment by introducing a smile assessment form.

Clinical relevance: Smile analysis is an essential part of smile diagnosis. A smile assessment form will assist clinicians in identifying and recording smile features for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Author notes: Waeil Batwa, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS(Eng), FFD Orth(RCSI), Assistant Professor and Consultant Orthodontist, King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Dentistry, Saudi Arabia, Balpreet Grewal, BDS, IQE, MJDF, Honorary StR in Orthodontics, Barts and the Royal London Hospital, London and Daljit Gill, BDS(Hons), BSc(Hons), MSc, FDS RCS, MOrth RCS, FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), FHEA, Consultant Orthodontist, Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust/UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital, London, UK.

Objective: To know how to assess the smile in a systematic manner.