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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1999
Volume 14 , Issue 4

Pages: 277 - 283

The optical surface scan as an alternative to the cephalograph for soft tissue analysis for orthognathic surgery

Murat Soncul, BDS/Mohammed Anwar Bamber, PhD

The aim of this study was to compare cephalographs and optical surface scanner images (lasergraphs) by measuring the lip-incisor relationship, the nasolabial angle, nasal tip projection, the nasofacial angle, the nasomental angle, and the labiomental angle in pre- and postoperative orthognathic surgery patients. The results showed that the methods were comparable, but the optical surface scan (lasergraph) could be used to greater advantage for pre- and postoperative assessment of soft tissue changes with orthognathic surgery, because of its clarity and 3-dimensional potential.


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