This patient had two-year orthodontic treatment while he was a child. In the pretreatment photo the upper lip (Γ) was unsupported making the nasolabial angle wide and blunt. There was a lack of chin button (B) and the muscle spasm created wrinkles in the nasal folders, the corners of the mouth and the labiomandibular fold (A). Even though the patient was a child his face was predisposing for an older look. The after treatment photo is 7 years follow up showing the patient in his twenty’s. The upper lip (Γ) was lifted making a vertical angle with nose. The lower lip was increased in volume (A) and the chin (B) came forward giving a straight profile and a masculine look. The orthodontic treatment in this case modified the facial growth according to the natural potential of the patient.
Τhis patient was retrognathic. She had a wide nasiolabial angle and a subtle upper lip line making her nose more projected. (Γ) The chin was further back than the rest of her face. (A), (B). Aspiration, mastication and swallowing were not functioning properly with her lower jaw being so far back. After 20 months of Orthodontic treatment we see an increase of the upper lip fullness (Γ) with a better lower lip outline(A) and a forward position of the lower jaw(B). Her profile became straight and symmetrical facilitating aspiration, mastication and swallowing.
This patient had prognathism of her lower jaw. The upper lip was compressed inwards (Γ) and the chin (B) was the most prominent part of her face. After a special orthopedic treatment, we modified her face favoring growth of the upper jaw. Her profile became straight and the vertical dimension (the distance from B to Γ) of her face was increased. The upper lip was raised (Γ), the lower lip became more defined and the chin was properly repositioned. Her zygomas and the nasomandibular folds became smoother. If the patient was left untreated she would have predisposed to early aging of her face.