“I am convinced that nothing has such a decisive influence of one’s life as his or her appearance, and not so much the appearance itself as the conviction of its attractiveness or unattractiveness” (Leo Tolstoy). Admittedly, there are very few, if any, age related changes in the face that make us look more attractive. Orthodontists are treating more “mature” patients who expect a treatment plan sensitive to their overall aesthetic goals. The outcome mandates not only our understanding of these age-related distractions but the means and methods to address them.
Comprehend the critical role of the perioral structures in orofacial aesthetics.
Emphasize the imperative role that orthodontists play in meeting the maturing patient’s aesthetic expectations.
Evaluate the rejuvenating procedures available for optimal, perioral enhancement.