What is Mewing? How Proper Tongue Posture Can Improve Your Facial Structure

While mewing sounds like an adorable thing cats do, it’s actually a remarkable science that can give you a more defined jawline as well as a better overall appearance – no plastic surgery involved. But what exactly is mewing and can it really alter your facial structure to supermodel-like status?

What is mewing?

Mewing, or orthotropics, focuses on implementing proper tongue and head posture for optimum facial bone growth.

Mewing creates space for the teeth and tongue, preventing overcrowding and therefore the need for extractions and braces.

Though it has become more popularized in recent years, mewing has been intensively studied and shown to improve crowding of teeth and other symptoms associated with improper tongue placement.

What are the symptoms of incorrect tongue position?

Improper tongue placement can cause a wide range of problems including:

  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Misaligned bite
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Crowded teeth or front gaps
  • Muscle tension in the mouth and jaw
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Neck pain and tension
  • Headaches

How does mewing work?

Mewing utilizes the tongue’s massive strength to support the upper palate to reform the skull.

Without proper tongue position, the tongue lies at the base of the lower jaw, moving it downward. In addition to this, the maxilla is also pulled downward. This leads to crowded teeth, tired and sunken eyes, and a longer, more narrow face.

Though mewing is most effective in young children whose bones are still growing, anyone can improve their facial structure through mewing.

How do you mew?

To mew properly is to keep the tongue firmly glued to the upper palate at all times. Your tongue should be positioned about a 1/2 inch behind your front teeth.

This is the position you want to maintain unless you are eating, drinking, or talking. This position may feel a bit strange at first, but it’ll eventually feel more natural as you continue to make mewing a habit.

An easy way to ensure your tongue is its optimal position is to smile widely with lips apart and swallow. Notice that your tongue automatically adheres to the upper palate as you swallow. Practice this exercise in the mirror to get a better understanding of where your tongue should be positioned.

In addition to proper tongue position, your lips should touch at all times and breathing should be done through the nose.

Many people mew because of the astounding benefits and facial improvements that mewing can offer.

Mewing not only works to improve your teeth and facial bone functions, it also helps create a more prominent jawline, wider eyes, more pronounced cheekbones, and other favorable facial changes. Proper tongue posture can also recorrect symptoms such as snoring, misaligned bite, TMJ, and headaches.

While everyone can improve their facial structure at any age with orthotropics, adults tend to progress much slower, so making mewing a habit is key.

Mewing Before and After Pictures

1 Year Mewing Progress Age 21-22

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Facial Structure Difference with Mewing (No Time Lapse)

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8 Months Mewing Progress at Age 18

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For more information and exercises that work to improve your jaw and orthotics, including tongue chewing and proper neck and back posture, check out Dr. Mike Mew’s Orthotropics channel.

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