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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-24

Evaluation of buccal corridor sizes in esthetic smile perception among general dentists and laypersons

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India

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Ann Nimmy Rajeev
Department of Dentofacial Orthodontics and Orthpaedics, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu - 637 205
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_4_18

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Aim and Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate and correlate the influence of the size of buccal corridor on the perception of esthetic smile among general dentists and lay persons. Materials and Methods: A photograph of a female with ideally aligned teeth was selected and digitally manipulated using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software (San Jose, California, United States.) to create the following smile: Photographs of an ideal smile and a smile with different levels of buccal corridors 2%, 10%, 15%, 22% and 28% was created and the smile attractiveness was assessed by 40 general dentists and 40 lay persons. A visual analog scale score sheet, with 50mm scale was used for rating the smile attractiveness. Unpaired t-test was used to compare the mean scores between general dentists and laypersons and also between male and female raters. Results: There was no significant sex difference in judging the influence of size of buccal corridor among the male and female raters of both general dentists and laypersons. Overall, both general dentists and laypersons preferred smiles with narrow or medium buccal corridor to those with medium broad and broad. Conclusion: General dentists and laypersons evaluated smile similarly. Hence our results show a similar esthetic perception among general dentists and laypersons. This could be due to the influence of media, television , internet etc.

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