1 Orthodontist

2 Associate professor, Department of Orthodontics, Yazd University of Medical Sciences

3 Post graduate student, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Yazd University of Medical Sciences



Background and aim: This study is aimed at specifying the indices of soft tissues of the face in male subjects 18-25 years old with proportional faces in Yazd, and comparing it to the northern European race using photography and anthropometry.
Materials and methods: 80 male individuals in age range of 18-25 were selected from among university students of yazd who had normal occlusion and proportional faces with no background of Truma, mandible-face surgery, rhinoplasty or orthodontic treatment. Standard photography of “natural head position” (NHP) and half face position was shot on subjects. Then the facial anthropometric indices were measured directly using a caliper with long jaws. All the photographs were printed out in color, and facial angles were drawn and measured. Acquired data was analyzed using the statistical software of SPSS II.
Results: This study shows that that face form in Iranian race is different from that of northern Europeans. The Ala-Ala, Zy'-Zy', Go'-Go' indices, nasofrontal angle, upper and lower lips’ vermilion, facial index, and mandible-face widthes were significantly different from the study on northern European race carried out by Farkas.
Conclusion: Considering less cheek (malar) width and more facial index in our study compared to that of Farkas, Iranian samples were more inclined to the dolichofacial form of the face.