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Influence of anteroposterior mandibular positions on facial attractiveness in Japanese adults.
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PMID:  19121504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Our aims in this study were to determine the anteroposterior facial relationship that is regarded as most attractive by Japanese laypersons in a questionnaire survey and to evaluate which analysis of the soft-tissue profile is most suitable for Japanese people.
METHODS: We showed 262 Japanese laypersons (121 male, 141 female) 9 morphed profile images with Point B and menton anteriorly or distally moved by software and asked them to number them sequentially according to their attractiveness. To examine which analysis best reflects facial attractiveness as judged by laypersons, we made 5 types of analyses of the facial profile with 11 variables in the 9 images.
RESULTS: The normal face was judged favorably; however, an attractive profile might be different for each subject. The 3 highest ranking profiles (normal face and moderate mandibular retrusions) were often favorites, and 2 profiles (severe mandibular protrusions) were liked the least for most subjects. However, the other images showed a wide range of distribution. Mandibular retrusion was generally more favored than mandibular protrusion and bimaxillary protrusion (severe chin retrusion) had a high attractiveness ranking and was well accepted in the Japanese population.
CONCLUSIONS: To evaluate the profiles of Japanese subjects, it is important to evaluate not only the esthetic line defined by the nose and chin, but also the balance of the upper and lower lips defined by the posterior reference line--ie, Burstone's Sn-Pog' line.
Shingo Kuroda; Takako Sugahara; Souichirou Takabatake; Hiroaki Taketa; Ryoko Ando; Teruko Takano-Yamamoto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics     Volume:  135     ISSN:  1097-6752     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-05     Completed Date:  2009-01-30     Revised Date:  2010-11-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610224     Medline TA:  Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, The University of Tokushima Graduate School of Oral Sciences, Tokushima, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*
Chin / anatomy & histology
Face / anatomy & histology*
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Mandible / anatomy & histology*
Nose / anatomy & histology
Prognathism / pathology,  psychology
Retrognathism / pathology,  psychology
Young Adult
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Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010 Nov;138(5):536

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