Soft tissue cephalometric analysis for diagnosis and cephalometric treatment planning of facial imbalance

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  • US 5,951,498 A
  • Filed: 08/03/1998
  • Issued: 09/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/16/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of soft tissue cephalometric analysis for aesthetic correction of facial imbalance in a patient, comprising:

  • carrying out soft tissue cephalometric analysis comprising the steps of;

    establishing a database of size and angle measurements of key facial landmarks and facial harmony values compiled from a group of aesthetically balanced faces;

    assessing the patient'"'"'s facial features by placing the patient'"'"'s face in a natural head position, placing markers on facial structures, taking a headfilm image, and measuring size and angle measurements of key facial landmarks of the patient;

    localizing a true vertical line on the headfilm image;

    measuring absolute landmark values and angle measurements relative to the true vertical line and determining the patient'"'"'s facial harmony values; and

    comparing the measured absolute landmark values and angle measurements and harmony values of the patient to the database of size and angle measurements of key facial landmarks and facial harmony values.

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