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What is Mewing?

Mewing is the process of training your tongue to flatten against the roof of your mouth. To do this properly, you must relax your tongue and press it completely to the roof of your mouth, front to back. Most people naturally rest their tongues away from the roof of the mouth, so this will require practice. By doing it consistently for years, some believe that it can define the jaw, help with tongue realignment, and possibly even relieve jaw pain and snoring.

Named after Dr. Mike Mew, a British orthodontist, with a popular YouTube channel, it has become a recent internet fad. Teens and adults are posting instructional videos and before and after pictures endorsing the method. It is essentially tongue training, which is recommended by some orthodontists and dentists.

The Benefits

Orthodontists and dentists may recommend proper tongue training to help correct speech impediments, alleviate jaw pain, and help with tongue posture issues. Some even believe that it can properly align the upper and lower teeth, helping to fix a misaligned bite. It can also help those with a tendency to breathe out of their mouths. According to YouTubers and bloggers, it will define your jawline and help improve the look of a mild underbite. Many of the most dedicated supporters are doing it for the sake of physical appearance. Some believe that it is not mewing that changes your face, but rather that by not doing it, you are causing your jawline to look worse over time.

The Risks

While it is not dangerous, it is important not to have high expectations. Results may happen due to years of proper tongue posture, and before and after pictures are unreliable for many reasons. Not only can they be photoshopped or affected by angles and lighting, but many of them are posted by teenagers, whose faces are changing regardless of tongue placement. It is not meant as an easy fix for those who need orthodontic work or reconstructive surgery.

Traditional Mouth Reconstruction Treatments

Mouth reconstruction treatment consists of a customized plan designed for you and your specific dental needs. This may involve dental implants, crowns, fillings, periodontal care, and bite correction. A misaligned bite can cause headaches, teeth grinding, excessively worn or cracked teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and other issues. Treatment may include braces, retainers, tooth reshaping, and in some cases, reconstruction of misaligned teeth or surgery. The goal of these treatments is for the teeth to line up perfectly so that the force of your bite is equally distributed.

The objective of any treatment course is to restore oral health and address any pain, and a comprehensive exam by our highly trained staff will tell us the best course of action for you. Whether you are in pain or motivated by cosmetic reasons, consult your dentist before trying any fads. While placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth is not unsafe, it is certainly not meant to replace proper dental care.

If you are interested in fixing your bit alignment, reducing pain, or just want to have the perfect smile, our expert dental team can guide you through the process and find a treatment plan that fits your unique needs and budget. Just call or fill out a contact form to get started today!

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