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Photograph Requirements

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Photograph Requirements

  • Quality standardized facial photographs grouped in a montage format for each level of evaluation, A, A1 and B.
  • All photographs should be of the same dpi and scale. (24-bit color-depth, medium compression JPEG photographic images recommended with appropriate cropping and rotation)
  • The photographic method used in A Records should be repeated in the A1 and B Records.
  • The name of the doctor, practice or school should not be visible on any record.
  • Color printed on photo glossy paper
  • Affix an ABO record identification label

Facial Photograph Requirements

  • One (1) lateral view, facing to the right.
  • Two (2) anterior views - one with lips relaxed and one smiling. Views with lips lightly touching are acceptable.
  • Patient's head oriented accurately in all three planes of space and on Frankfort horizontal.
  • Ears exposed for purpose of orientation.
  • Eyes open and looking straight ahead. Glasses are removed.
  • Soft tissue areas of concern and of diagnostic value should be recorded in these photos.
  • White, or light, background free of shadows and distractions.
  • Quality lighting revealing facial contours.
  • Photographs should be approximately one-quarter life size. To determine if the photographs are one-quarter life size, measure the vertical distance from the hairline to the inferior border of the patient's chin. If, for example, this is eight inches, the same dimension on the photograph should be two inches or one-fourth the actual measurement.

Intraoral Photograph Requirements

  • One (1) frontal view in maximum intercuspation.
  • Two (2) lateral views (right and left).
  • Maxillary and mandibular occlusal views are mandatory for 2010 and beyond if treatment was initiated on or after May 1, 2009.
  • Orient to the occlusal plane.
  • Photographs should be as close as possible to a 1:1 relationship to the patient's own teeth.
  • If mirror images are used, display them in reverse and position them as if you are looking at the patient.
  • Free of distractions (i.e., cheek retractors, labels and fingers).
  • Lighting should reveal anatomical contours with minimal shadows.
  • Use two (2) cheek retractors.
  • Free of saliva and/or bubbles.
  • Clean dentition.