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Facial Asymmetry: What are the Limits?

‐ May 5, 2018 9:25am

Facial asymmetry can be caused by various factors, and according to its etiology, severity may vary, and therefore treatment can be orthodontic only, or evolve to a surgical treatment. Investigators have tried to classify, characterize and measure asymmetry, but subjective aspects of its perception render the assessment more difficult. The relationship between facial attractiveness and slight facial asymmetries seems relevant for clinicians dealing with dental-facial problems. Nonetheless, the point where facial asymmetry becomes more clearly noticeable is not well defined, proving to be difficult to tell when an asymmetry really starts to become socially apparent. The purpose of this presentation is to describe how facial asymmetry can be currently treated, and to discuss the current knowledge on perception of facial asymmetry and how this should be approached in daily practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Comprehend the psychological importance of facial symmetry.
  • Recognize different modalities of treatments for facial asymmetries according to its etiology.
  • Discuss patients perception of minor facial asymmetry and its impact on daily practice.


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