Paying lip service: the importance of soft tissues in orthodontics

Sowmya S Simon*, Jennifer A Haworth, Anthony J Ireland

*Corresponding author for this work

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Knowledge of the facial soft tissues is paramount with regards to orthodontic diagnosis, assessment and treatment planning. This paper will describe the relevance of extra- and intra-oral assessment of soft tissues, with a particular focus on the lips, in orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and potential treatment effects.

Clinical relevance
Knowledge of the extra-oral and intra-oral soft tissue assessment is important in the planning and execution of orthodontic treatment.

The reader should understand the potential impact of soft tissue assessment on orthodontic treatment planning, and be able to carry out an extra- and intra-oral assessment of the relevant facial soft tissues in orthodontic assessment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrthodontic Update
Early online date29 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2023


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