What Is Mewing, Does It Work?

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Mewing is a recent trend in orthodontics that’s gained plenty of attention in recent years. It involves changing the position of your tongue in your mouth to improve the shape of your face and the alignment of your teeth. While some proponents of mewing claim it can provide many benefits, there is little scientific evidence to support it. In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at what mewing is and whether or not it works. 

What is Mewing, and Does it Work? 

Mewing is a term coined by Dr. Mike Mew, the son of renowned Dr. John Mew, who created orthotropics, an alternative approach to orthodontics. The technique involves placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth. People who support the technique claim that this tongue position can help reshape the face, improve breathing, and even straighten crooked teeth over time. 

While there are many reports about the benefits of mewing, no scientific evidence currently supports these claims. In fact, many orthodontists are skeptical about the effectiveness of this technique, and some even warn that it could cause harm to your oral health. These reasons include the following: 

  • Lacking Scientific Evidence: Despite the growing popularity of mewing, no scientific evidence supports the claims that it can improve your facial shape or straighten your teeth. While some dental professionals may use similar techniques to help improve oral posture, these approaches are usually done alongside other orthodontic treatments, such as braces or retainers. 
  • Harm To Teeth and Gums: Mewing involves holding the tongue in a specific position for an extended period. While this can be safe for some people, it could cause discomfort and even damage to the teeth and gums for others. Additionally, those with certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea or TMD, may be at greater risk of harm from mewing. 
  • Not As Effective Overall: While people who support mewing techniques claim that they can straighten teeth and improve oral posture, these benefits may not be achievable without other orthodontic treatments, such as braces or aligners. Orthodontic treatments are necessary to help shift teeth into the correct position. 

Visit University Oral Surgery Center For Advanced Treatments For Realignment

Many dental professionals often don’t recommend mewing due to its lack of scientific evidence and effectiveness. However, as oral surgeons, improving facial structure can be accomplished through advanced techniques and compassionate care. At University Oral Surgery Center, our team can help those seeking to improve the alignment of their teeth or the shape of their face. We always recommend consulting with a dental professional who can recommend safe and effective treatments. 

When you visit our practice in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Ramin Shabtaie can provide you with facial reconstruction and jaw surgery treatments that can improve your quality of life and well-being. If you wish to learn more about our treatment options and services, contact us today by calling (310) 208-3471. 

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