Volume 48, Issue 4 (July 2003)
The Relationship between the Soft Tissues and the Skeletal Detail of the Mouth
The estimation of mouth width and lip thickness from the skull for facial reconstruction has traditionally relied upon scant scientific research and “rules of thumb” laid down by subjective interpretation and experience. This study tested these assumptions by taking caliper and photographic measurements of mouth width and interpupillary and interlimbus distances of 96 subjects and lip thickness and teeth height measurements of 95 subjects. The most reliable indicator of mouth width was found to be the interlimbus distance, and lip thickness was positively related to the height of the teeth. There were no differences in these relationships between men and women. Standards for predicting the lip thickness from the teeth height were suggested for White Europeans and Asians from the Indian subcontinent.