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IMW Measurement  

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itsj0nny
Active Member

Hi all, just wondering how people are measuring their intermolar width?

I understand the most accurate and effective method is with calipers and dental casts; is there a way you can do this without visiting a dentist/orthodontist, or a cheaper alternative of doing it?

Want to measure my progress on this but reluctant to spend money on casts just so I can measure this.

 

Thanks

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Posted : 23/04/2019 9:30 am
Melius
Active Member

To measure my starting IMW for now (will get it properly measured before I do MSE) I used my plastic retainers and a measuring tape. How much do casts cost and how do you get them?

-Melius

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Posted : 23/04/2019 10:43 am
itsj0nny
Active Member

Good idea, I will use my plastic retainers for my initial measurement. Still unsure of how to do subsequent measurements.

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Posted : 23/04/2019 11:19 am
Youssef El Kaisi
Eminent Member

I read in some thread in this forum that by biting on a carboard and leaving your teeth print there, you could measure it. It is better explained in that another thread but I don't remember the name.

Youssef

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Posted : 23/04/2019 11:28 am
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Melius
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The cardboard thing seems like a smart idea as well.

-Melius

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Posted : 23/04/2019 2:24 pm
Youssef El Kaisi
Eminent Member
Posted by: Melius

To measure my starting IMW for now (will get it properly measured before I do MSE) I used my plastic retainers and a measuring tape. How much do casts cost and how do you get them?

-Melius

I think around 50$

 

Youssef

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Posted : 24/04/2019 10:53 am
elevee
Trusted Member

I bought impression trays for 5 bucks and a pound of dental alginate for 10, both on ebay with free shipping. You'll have to buy plaster of paris, also under 10 bucks at a hardware or craft store, to complete the process. Look for tutorials on how to cast your teeth (usually for people who want to make their own Halloween prosthetics) on how to do it. Paper impressions do work, kind of, but casts are not expensive and I'm just that kind of neurotic that I want them. Those materials would be sufficient for many casts--say every 6 months for several years.

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Posted : 25/04/2019 10:08 am
itsj0nny
Active Member

Perfect, that was the information I was looking for....thanks a lot!!

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Posted : 25/04/2019 3:50 pm