Successful orthodontic treatment is based on a clear perception by the clinician of a patient’s facial preference and treatment
needs. Bimaxillary protrusion is a normal facial trait seen in the Black population and the most acceptable bimaxillary facial profile in a sample of Black subjects was determined by Beukes et al in 2007 1. Variations from this ideal profile may require extractions as part of orthodontic treatment in order to attain the ideal. The
objective of this study was to determine whether Black subjects with bimaxillary protrusion would want to change their facial profile to the ideal and at what financial cost. A sample of 586 school learners and 321 university students
were presented with four silhouetted profiles of varying degrees of bimaxillary protrusion. One of the silhouette profiles represented the ideal1 and treatment procedures required to achieve this ideal were explained to the sample. They were then requested to answer a questionnaire that would assist in identifying their
perception of their own profile and their desire to change their appearance. The ideal silhouette was confirmed to be the most attractive (91.51%) and the sample felt that any severe deviations from this
ideal profile should be treated. The financial cost of treatment was found to be a concern, as more subjects (62.84%) would undergo the required treatment if it were free. Many subjects (43.55%) would be prepared to pay for the necessary treatment to achieve the ideal profile. Females were found to be more definite in their decision making, reflecting a greater awareness about their aesthetic appearance than their male counterparts. Findings from this study can serve as an essential tool to assist
both orthodontists and maxillofacial surgeons in the treatment planning and management of Black patients with bimaxillary protrusion.