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Why do they take pictures of you not smiling at the orthodontist?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Facial balance
It is necessary to see the strain or lack of strain of the muscles of the face when closing the lips.
It is also necessary to evaluate facial proportions. We need this for diagnosis and treatment planning, it is also necessary to have a starting record and final record to view the changes that orthodontics made in facial balance.

In brief: Facial balance
It is necessary to see the strain or lack of strain of the muscles of the face when closing the lips.
It is also necessary to evaluate facial proportions. We need this for diagnosis and treatment planning, it is also necessary to have a starting record and final record to view the changes that orthodontics made in facial balance.
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dr. Robert Stoner
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Balance
Orthodontists don't just align teeth, they balance faces.
Treatment is influenced by more that just how your teeth meet. So the Orthodontic Specialist is doing due diligence, finding out as much as he/she can about your dental AND facial relationships as a guide to treatment planning your individual case.

In brief: Balance
Orthodontists don't just align teeth, they balance faces.
Treatment is influenced by more that just how your teeth meet. So the Orthodontic Specialist is doing due diligence, finding out as much as he/she can about your dental AND facial relationships as a guide to treatment planning your individual case.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Relaxed face
Dentists want to know what your face looks like when you're not smiling to evaluate facial proportions and symmetry when your facial muscles are at rest.
When your smiling, you activate certain facial muscles as opposed to when your not smiling and your facial muscles are at rest. We want to make sure you look your best all the time and not only when you're smiling!

In brief: Relaxed face
Dentists want to know what your face looks like when you're not smiling to evaluate facial proportions and symmetry when your facial muscles are at rest.
When your smiling, you activate certain facial muscles as opposed to when your not smiling and your facial muscles are at rest. We want to make sure you look your best all the time and not only when you're smiling!
Dr. Stanley Siu
Dr. Stanley Siu
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Great question!
Orthodontics can change the way your lips are supported and can change the way your face looks even when your teeth are not showing!

In brief: Great question!
Orthodontics can change the way your lips are supported and can change the way your face looks even when your teeth are not showing!
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Great answer.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: To see your face
Your bite and jaw structure impact not only your smile, but your profile and overall facial structure.
These pictures can help see what other improvements the orthodontist can make to your overall appearance.

In brief: To see your face
Your bite and jaw structure impact not only your smile, but your profile and overall facial structure.
These pictures can help see what other improvements the orthodontist can make to your overall appearance.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Smita Patel
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Facial Proportion
We take a non smiling facial photo to look at facial proportions and symmetry.

In brief: Facial Proportion
We take a non smiling facial photo to look at facial proportions and symmetry.
Dr. Smita Patel
Dr. Smita Patel
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Dr. Louis Sterling
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Results
We want to see how your lips are supported by your teeth when your facial muscles are at rest.

In brief: Results
We want to see how your lips are supported by your teeth when your facial muscles are at rest.
Dr. Louis Sterling
Dr. Louis Sterling
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lip drape
Evaluating facial features and form is part of orthodontic diagnosis.
Examining the lip posture and lip drape of the teeth is important is determining the appropriate course of treatment for your individual situation. Orthodontic specialists look at photographs and also the radiographic outline of your soft tissue profile, too.

In brief: Lip drape
Evaluating facial features and form is part of orthodontic diagnosis.
Examining the lip posture and lip drape of the teeth is important is determining the appropriate course of treatment for your individual situation. Orthodontic specialists look at photographs and also the radiographic outline of your soft tissue profile, too.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lip balance
We take these photos to show where the lips are at rest.
Some people have "lip incompetence" which means their teeth are so protruded that the lips cannot come together at rest, alternatively some people have very short lips and cannot come together even if the teeth are not protrusive.

In brief: Lip balance
We take these photos to show where the lips are at rest.
Some people have "lip incompetence" which means their teeth are so protruded that the lips cannot come together at rest, alternatively some people have very short lips and cannot come together even if the teeth are not protrusive.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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