As with other methods of identification, in forensic odontology, antemortem data are
compared with postmortem findings. In the absence of dental documentation, photographs
of the smile play an important role in this comparison. As yet, there are no reports
of the use of the selfie photograph for identification purposes. Owing to advancements
in technology, electronic devices, and social networks, this type of photograph has
become increasingly common. This paper describes a case in which selfie photographs
were used to identify a carbonized body, by using the smile line and image superimposition.
This low-cost, rapid, and easy to analyze technique provides highly reliable results.
Nevertheless, there are disadvantages, such as the limited number of teeth that are
visible in a photograph, low image quality, possibility of morphological changes in
the teeth after the antemortem image was taken, and difficulty of making comparisons
depending on the orientation of the photo. In forensic odontology, new methods of
identification must be sought to accompany technological evolution, particularly when
no traditional methods of comparison, such as clinical record charts or radiographs,