• Nofil Ahmad Frontier college of Dentistry, Abbottabad
  • Khalid Saeed Mirza HOD, Department of periodontology,Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College,Bahria town, Lahore
  • Faiza Ijaz Asst. Professor Department of Oral biology, Abbottabad International Dental College, Abbottabad
  • Rabia Mushtaq Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College, Bahria town, Lahore
  • Zuhaa Mushtaq Abbottabad International Dental College, Abbottabad
  • Amna Khalid Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College, Bahria town, Lahore
  • Husnain Abbas Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of Pacific, USA


Background: Although the results derived from orthodontic treatment are focused at attaining an aesthetically pleasing soft tissue profile as directed by Angle’s paradigm, however hard tissue including bone and tooth dimensions also play a pivotal role in attaining the set goal. This study was focused on evaluating the comparison of photographs and cephalometric radiographic images to dictate the differences that might occur when the same aesthetic evaluation technique is applied. A cross sectional comparative study was carried out at Frontier college of dentistry, Abbottabad and Sharif Medical and Dental College, Lahore from June to November 2020. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 60 subjects were incorporated as part of the study amongst which lateral cephalometric radiographic images and photographs, other diagnostic records such as dental casts were procured. The same analysis was applied to assess the lower third of the face in both the photographs and the radiographs with focus on the Labiomental and nasolabial angles for comparison. Results: The normal value of Nasolabial angle 102.10°±3.126° (NLA2) indicates the relationship of nose and upper lip which is within the normal range for the age group selected. No significant difference was found between the nasolabial angles measured by two separate methods (p-value is 0.67). Mean labiomental angle was found to be 120.70°±6.46°(LNA1) and 121.60°±5.386 degrees °(LMA2) respectively, which was within the normal range for the age group selected. Conclusion: There is no significant difference in the assessment of lower facial height and aesthetics between lateral cephalometric radiographic images and photographs taken from the camera.


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