With the desire for a more defined jawline and chiseled facial features, many have turned to a practice known as mewing. Popularized by social media influencers and self-improvement communities, mewing involves the conscious repositioning of the tongue and facial muscles. But does this technique deliver on its promises, or is it just another beauty fad? 21Ninety sat down with two orthodontists, Dr. Payam Ataii and Dr. Bruce Tasios, to get their expert opinions.

Understanding the Trend

Mewing, according to Dr. Tasios, is the act of repositioning your tongue to improve facial aesthetics.

“It became part of an overall trend of self-improvement for younger guys,” he explained. “The self-improvement trend focuses on looking more masculine, and several influencers have promoted mewing as a part of that.”

Essentially, the goal is to use tongue posture to influence the shape and appearance of the jawline and face over time.

Does Mewing Actually Work?

The effectiveness of mewing is still up for debate among dental professionals. Dr. Ataii acknowledged that any form of tongue exercise can strengthen the muscle, potentially affecting the facial structure.

“Any kind of tongue exercise, whether it be mewing or exercises provided by a myofunctional therapist, creates a stronger muscle,” he said.

However, he also points out that there isn’t enough research to definitively prove that mewing alone can produce significant changes in facial aesthetics. Dr. Tasios added that while mewing can potentially work, it requires years of consistent practice to see permanent changes.

“Facial muscles are like any other muscle. You have to train them. For many, mewing is an immediate, temporary look they use to make an impression, similar to the looks that male models use in pictures or on the runway,” he noted.

Potential Risks of Mewing

As with any practice, mewing is not without its potential risks. Dr. Ataii warned that anatomical limitations can restrict the effectiveness of mewing.

“Some patients anatomically, no matter how much muscle movement is done, are limited to the architecture of their oral cavity,” he explained.

Furthermore, relying solely on mewing without addressing underlying dental issues like malocclusion could lead to suboptimal results.

Dr. Tasios raises additional concerns, particularly regarding dental health.

“Anytime you change how muscles work, including facial muscles, it’s going to affect other parts of your mouth and body,” he said. “The pressure from doing it regularly can misalign the bite, lead to more wear and tear on teeth, and even loosen teeth.”

Expert Tips for a Chiseled Face

For those still interested in trying mewing, both experts offer alternative and complementary suggestions. Dr. Ataii stresses the importance of correcting any dental issues first.

“One of the best ways to ensure you have a good bite and subsequent good smile is by fixing any malocclusion or crowding,” he advised.

He suggests considering options like Motto Clear Aligners for a more comprehensive approach to achieving a desirable jawline. Dr. Tasios advocates for a holistic approach to facial aesthetics.

“Eat more protein, nutritious foods, and work out,” he recommended. “Developing your entire body will eventually result in more muscles around your face and neck.”

Additionally, he suggests facial yoga, chewing gum, and using tools like rollers and gua sha for natural muscle development.

While mewing may offer some temporary visual enhancements, its long-term efficacy and safety are still uncertain. For those looking to achieve a more defined jawline, a balanced approach that includes proper dental care, a nutritious diet, and overall muscle development may be more effective and sustainable. As always, consulting with a healthcare professional before starting any new regimen is essential to ensure it aligns with your individual needs and goals.