Does Andrews facial analysis predict esthetic sagittal maxillary position?

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Abstract

Objective.

Cephalometric analyses have limited utility in planning maxillary sagittal position for orthognathic surgery. In Six Elements of Orofacial Harmony, Andrews quantified maxillary position relative to forehead projection and angulation and proposed an ideal relationship. The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of this technique to predict esthetic sagittal maxillary position.

Study Design.

Survey study including a male and female with straight facial profiles, normal maxillary incisor angulations, and Angle's Class I. Maxillary position was modified on lateral photographs to create 5 images for each participant with incisor–goal anterior limit line (GALL) distances of −4, −2, 0, +2, and +4 mm. A series of health care professionals and laypeople were asked to rate each photo in order of attractiveness.

Results.

A total of 100 complete responses were received. Incisor-GALL distances of +4 mm (41%) and +2 mm (40%) were most commonly considered “most esthetic” for the female volunteer (P < .001). For the male volunteer, there were 2 peak “most esthetic” responses: incisor-GALL distances of 0 mm (37%) and −4 mm (32%) (P < .001).

Conclusion.

Respondents considered maxillary incisor position 2 to 4 mm anterior to GALL most attractive in a woman and 0 to 4 mm posterior to GALL most esthetic in a man. Using these modified target distances, this analysis may be useful for orthognathic surgery planning.

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