The internet never fails to amaze us. Be it home remedies for ailments or providing new tips and techniques to enhance every feature of our body, there is nothing that we cannot find on the net.
However, that being said, we have to admit that sometimes the tips and tricks are overboard and do not produce the effective results that are promised or shown. And today through this article, we are going to talk about the newest beauty fad on the internet, the mewing technique which has been creating waves in Youtube and all the other websites.
What is mewing?
Mewing is a facial restricting technique which aligns your oral posture in a certain way that helps you to get a better facial structure. It involves training your tongue to rest in such a posture that it becomes a part of your muscle memory.
According to the proponents of mewing technique, it has been observed that people rest their tongue at the bottom of their mouth which can cause some serious ailments in them. However, by practising mewing technique, adjusting your tongue positions will help you correct a range of issues carrying from crooked teeth to sleep apnea including dental complications. The main motive of mewing is to correct patients’ oral and head posture.
History of mewing
Mewing got its name from Dr John Mew, the orthodontist who came up with the technique and coined the term orthotropic.
Orthotropics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating malocclusion by guiding the growth of facial bones and correcting the oral environment. This treatment supposedly creates more space for teeth and tongue.
It is also said John Mew’s son Mike Mew is also a practitioner of orthotropics.
How to do mewing?
Mewing is a technique of flattening out of your tongue against the roof of the mouth.
To properly mew, relax your tongue completely and make sure to touch it entirely against the roof of the mouth including the back of the tongue too.
This technique needs practice because we are used to relaxing our tongue away from the roof of the mouth without a second thought. Over time the movement will realign the teeth and define your jawline.
If mewing is new to people, the technique can be tiring at first. As you get more used to this technique eventually, it becomes more of a second nature to you. And also it is recommended to practice mewing even while drinking and eating.
Does mewing actually work?
According to the practitioners of mewing, the technique of mewing provides numerous benefits to the users:
- One of the biggest benefits of mewing is proper tongue positioning. Positioning is needed to have higher cheekbones and well defined facial structures.
- Makes your jawline stronger and improves overall face shape.
- It reduces neck pain and headaches and keeps jaw pains at bay.
- Not likely to have the formation of crooked or crowded teeth and also helps to get straight rows of teeth.
The proponents of mewing technique believe modern people have smaller jaws as compared to our ancestors due to environmental and lifestyle factors. A smaller jaw causes teeth to be crowded and crooked in shape. This is also believed to lead to a ‘less aesthetically pleasing face’. According to ‘Mews’, practising mewing will provide jaws that are larger, stronger and more squared.
Mewing is also said to provide other health benefits to its practitioners like resolving:
- Sleep apnea
- Breathing and swallowing problems
- Speech disorders
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
No proper scientific explanations and studies have been conducted upon the mewing technique and most of the benefits are based upon anecdotal experiences.
The support for the benefits of mewing comes from social media sites and the general advocates for this technique are adolescents who are likely to face changes in their face and jawline due to hormonal reflections during their puberty. Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish whether the differences noticed are due to hormonal changes or to the mewing technique. It is also said that people would not notice any immediate results and it generally takes more than one year for the desired result to take place.
Potential side effects of the mewing technique
Mewing does not produce any harmful effects on the body but following proper mewing technique is an absolute must. Most beginners instead of resting the tongue against the roof of the mouth, roll the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth. Faulty techniques can produce hazardous results which can cost even your facial structures.
Some of the damages that can be caused due to mistake in mewing technique are:
- Bigger buccinators
Buccinator is a thin muscle that occupies the space between maxilla and mandible. They are located at the side of the face and are an integral part of the cheek. Improper mewing causes a detrimental effect on the buccinators which causes an increase in size and shape of the muscles and leads to respiratory, breathing and jaw problems.
- Weaker submental area
Mewing targets strengthening the facial muscles, however, if followed with a faulty technique, it will affect the fascial space between head and neck. Instead of enhancing the strength, it can make it weaker.
- Dark circles
Seems to be weird, but if the posture to support the skull becomes faulty, the facial structures get badly affected. Many beginners following a faulty mewing technique have reported dark circles which could not be controlled by any medications and treatments.
- Painful jaws
Incorrect mewing posture and mewing mistakes are often credited to tongue posture but most of the time we tend to overlook the teeth placements. Mewing aims to provide proper teeth alignment therefore do not clench your teeth while mewing as it puts too much pressure on the teeth and leads to painful jaws.
- Detrimental growth
Faulty mewing techniques leads to deterioration of current facial structures. Improper tongue posture can hinder natural growth and prove to be detrimental in nature.
We hope that you could understand both the benefits and side effects of the mewing technique. If the instructions and procedures of mewing are followed properly and correctly it does not produce any harmful effects on the body.
One can easily include mewing technique in their lives and can see the results it provides. However, if you are using mewing as a treatment for respiratory or other ailments, it is always advisable to consult with a doctor for proper medications and treatments.