the technique that is fashionable to sculpt the jaw and reduce the double chin

This method developed by an orthodontist in the early 20th century is experiencing a resurgence of popularity on social media. An expert gives us the instructions for use.

The #mewing hashtag has over 300 million views on tik tok. The mysterious name of this fashionable concept is inspired by that of its founder, Dr. John Mew, born in 1928. In fact, this British orthodontist had developed his own method that originally allowed to rebalance the lower part of the face and retrain the placement of the tongue.

“‘Meowing’ is supposed to move the chin line up and thus improve breathing through the nose, while also making the jaw line more pronounced,” explains Dr. Lisa Hanrad, dentist and collaborator of the brand of watch out happy toothbrush. Although its purpose is mainly medical, this practice has been diverted on social networks: users appropriate it to work the jaw and jaw muscles (and refine that famous “jaw” that attracts all greed). tutorials demonstrating how to sculpt their profile and “suck” the double chin thanks to “meow” movements amaze Internet users.

Mewing, instructions for use

To do it correctly and avoid pitfalls, Dr. Lisa Hanrad recommends two official reference exercises. The best known is to close the mouth and place the teeth of the upper jaw and those of the lower jaw one on top of the other, pressing the tongue completely against the palate. “This also includes the back of the tongue, so that it fits between the molars and the wisdom teeth,” describes the specialist, and specifies that “at first it can be tiring, because the muscles of the tongue are probably underdeveloped.”

Another great classic: “tongue-masticar” (chewing the tongue), where a piece of chewing gum is pressed against the palate. In addition, the “meow” can also be practiced casually during the consumption of hard or “hard” foods, such as nuts, beans, dried meat, etc. “It strengthens the jaw. Here it is important to chew with the back teeth, because the front teeth are only meant to bite,” says Lisa Hanrad.

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(Very) long-term results

These strange facial expressions would bring many physical and health benefits. “They include improving our way of swallowing in a healthier way, creating a slightly more defined jawline over time, as well as an overall improvement in posture,” says the expert. However, are the aesthetic effects advocated by social media influencers as convincing as they seem? “The many before and after pictures can lead viewers to believe that this is a miracle method, giving results in just a few weeks or months of training. Actually, we rather count the results in years”, corrects Dr. Lisa Hanrad, who adds: “in addition, the images can be misleading due to the shadow and the lighting that is used to film or photograph, to give a profile with a look more defined.”

The effects of what remains originally a corrective therapy for the face are therefore to be expected in the long term. “There are notable changes in the central part of the face: the jaw and chin can be reshaped between six months and one year. Of course, this varies from person to person. Therefore, patience and rigor are required!

Finally, the expert admits that more clinical research is needed to further determine the effectiveness of “meow”. “Although the method is not inherently dangerous, there is still no scientific evidence of real results. In addition, it can potentially aggravate or even cause pain or tension in the area of ​​​​the masticatory muscles, especially in people already affected by teeth grinding, “warns Dr. Lisa Hanrad.

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Therefore, before attempting to “meow”, it is absolutely necessary to consult your dentist, orthodontist or speech therapist beforehand to find out about undesirable side effects.

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