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Lips Rule: The Functional Esthetic Dental and Skeletal Requirements for Beautiful Lips

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Description

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 intervention.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • 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.

Contributors

  • Dr. Michael Gunson

    Dr. Michael J. Gunson graduated from UCLA Dental School and continued on to receive his Medical Degree and Specialty Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from UCLA. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Gunson was invited to partner with Dr. G. William Arnett at the Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery in Santa Barbara, California. His practice is limited to facial reconstructive surgery, surgical correction of sleep apnea, and research.

    Dr. Gunson lectures and has published research on the surgical correction of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the three dimensional airway changes associated with surgical correction, the medical treatment of mandibular condylar resorption, and the quantification of beauty. Dr. Gunson has examined thousands of patients with cosmetic, functional, and OSA conditions. As a result, he has studied and improved his surgical results and shares the information through publications and lectures.