What is Mewing and How Does It Work?

If you want to improve your jawline's shape, you may have come across a technique called "mewing." People who support the mewing claim it can improve your facial structure and even straighten your teeth without needing orthodontic treatment. However, the scientific evidence behind mewing is limited, and many orthodontists are skeptical of its effectiveness. Throughout this article, we'll explore what mewing is, how it works, and whether or not it's an effective method for improving your facial features. 

What is Mewing and How Does It Work? 
Mewing is a technique that involves resting your tongue on the roof of your mouth with your teeth together, and your lips closed. The term, which isn't considered a medical term, was named after the British orthodontist Dr. John Mew, who created and popularized the method as part of his alternative orthodontic practice known as orthotropics. The concept behind newing is that you can improve your facial structure by keeping your tongue in this position.
 According to proponents of mewing, keeping your tongue in the correct position can improve your facial structure in several ways:

Jawline: By keeping your tongue along the roof of your mouth, you can apply soft pressure to your jawline, which can help define it over time.
Cheekbones: The tongue's position can also push up against the cheekbones, making them more prominent.
Teeth: People who support mewing believe it can also straighten crooked teeth by gradually pushing them into the correct position. 

Does Mewing Even Work? 
Currently, no credible research proves mewing can permanently alter your jaw structure, and support for the practice is limited. While some reports of people have seen improvements in their facial structure, no large-scale studies have shown that it's an effective method for improving your jawline or straightening your teeth.
Some orthodontists argue that mewing could be harmful, citing that those with overbites and underbites could further exacerbate the problem by placing pressure on the teeth in an incorrect way, causing the teeth to become more crowded.
However, if you do find yourself looking to improve your facial structure, then there are several evidence-based treatments that you can consider that are safe and effective for your oral health. These include: 

Braces: Braces are a tried and trusted method for straightening your teeth, and by straightening your teeth, they can correct many facial asymmetries, such as poor jawline function and undefined cheekbones. 
Invisalign: Invisalign is an aesthetic-friendly treatment option, as it's an easily removable aligner that allows you to eat, speak, and brush your teeth without harming your orthodontic treatment. 
Palatal Expanders: Palatal expanders help widen the upper or lower jaw to make room for crowded teeth. These expanders are considered excellent for helping improve your jawline and cheekbone function, as they're considered a safe method of realigning the mouth. 
Retainers: Retainers, devices used after braces treatment, help maintain the progress you've made. While worn, they help maintain your current jaw position and help keep your face in alignment. 

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