The Lips Rule. Dentists have a great influence over the
esthetic appearance of the lips. Whether providing crowns,
veneers, splints, orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery,
the position, form, and relationship of the parts have an
effect on the appearance and function of the lips. In fact,
the identification of orofacial problems is revealed in the
lips. The diagnosis and proper treatment of dental, skeletal,
and soft tissue dysfunction will create, preserve or restore
beautiful lips at any age. This discussion will focus on the
importance of preserving lip function and esthetics in
our patients and describing what we as dentists need to
carefully consider when we evaluate our patients for any
- Show how to identify oro-facial problems that affect the lips.
- Show how treating these problems can deliver beautiful facial results by normalizing the patients lip position, form, and function.
- Show how function and esthetics are inseparably linked and necessary for achieving long-term stable results.