Mewing is relatively a new concept. Though sufficient amount of research has been carried out, one cannot really claim about the effectiveness. Prof. John & Mike Mew have shared scientific analysis on why mewing transformation takes place, if you want to learn the science behind it then you can follow their channel called Orthotropics on YouTube or you can read it here: Mewing & Orthotropy
Mewing is working great but not as great as hard mewing. Wait. What?
There’s also something called Hard Mewing? Yes.
For about a year now, I’ve heard about Hard Mewing, a term which many mewers on various social media channels have claimed to helped them achieve better results. I’ve seen numerous threads with several hard mewing transformation stories. Though the science behind it seems simple, it’s much more complex. Furthermore, there isn’t any concrete evidence that supports the claim of hard mewing.
I’m writing this blog because many people have posed a question as to whether they should hard mew or not? Does hard mewing benefit you? Does hard mewing get better results in a short span of time? These are the questions, we’d be discussing in this blog. Thus, stick around till the end.
What is Hard Mewing?
Hard mewing, as opposed to general or soft mewing, is a technique where you push your tongue against your palate with considerable force. The idea here is to achieve a faster result by pushing harder. However, there’s no conclusive evidence which suggests that hard mewing is better than soft mewing.
On the contrary, there are many people who have been reporting the side effects of hard mewing. There are tons of people out there facing problematic conditions because of hard mewing. Thus, whether, you’re starting with hard mewing or just thinking about it, let’s discuss the subject in detail. First, let’s start by understanding the difference between Hard and Soft Mewing.
Difference between hard mewing and soft mewing
If you’ve already been through our mewing guide, you already know how the basics work. However, if you haven’t, feel free to check that out first. And in case if you don’t want to do it right now, here’s a short explanation for mewing – A technique which requires you to push your tongue against the palate and nose breathe.
Our tongue being a strong muscle allows you to apply the right amount of pressure on your palate. It’s the amount of pressure you apply which ultimately distinguishes soft mewing from hard mewing.
For instance, in soft mewing, you simply hold your tongue against the roof of your palate not applying too much force. In soft or regular mewing, you hold your tongue at a position so to create a vacuum sensation in your mouth between the palate and your tongue. Dr Mike Mew refers to it as a suction hold.
This practice essentially doesn’t require too much force as you can easily create a vacuum between your tongue and the palate. However, when it comes to hard mewing, you try to press your tongue against the palate as hard as you can you thereby applying excessive pressure.
Now, though this might seem like an active way to get a quick result, it can be problematic and deter progress. Why? Because when you hard mew, you’re pressing your tongue too hard against the palate leaving no space for the vacuum to form.
Does hard mewing really work?
Forums such as the greatwork.org & r/orthotropics have many users who claim that they have achieved a great amount of transformation with hard mewing. Many users when describing the transformation go to lengths about the results and end up creating a false image in front of others who eventually fall for this. However, I’m not blaming anyone here.
Many people have achieved considerable results with hard mewing. With correct tongue posture, they are able to exert that extra pressure which enabled them to get results. Mewing will work if you’re patient enough.
Most of the people jump off the rails when they don’t see the results in a couple of months. See, the thing is that mewing alone is not enough. Your body growth and your facial structure is dependant upon a lot of things – mewing is just one of the exercise – it’s not the entire thing. If you eat trash, don’t work out, mouth breathe and live a sedentary lifestyle, mewing isn’t going to help.
Is hard mewing healthy?
I personally suggest hard mewing, but not to everyone. I believe that mewers should include a certain amount of hard mewing or periodic hard mewing where they add more force than usual. But before you do it, you must strengthen your tongue and get used to the proper oral posture. I’ve seen people who think they are mewing right and realized that they’ve been doing it wrong for over 6 months now. Thus, practice the proper tongue posture first.
Once you’ve done it, you’ll eventually reach a point where your tongue subconsciously places itself against the palate. Because regardless of whether I do it or not, it does make sense. It’s similar to the anterior growth guidance appliance the force does make a difference. For instance, one user claimed how the palate and maxilla are highly dependent upon the force and not the placement.
Drawbacks of Hard Mewing
Now having shared these instances with you from various threads, websites and forums. I’d like to to share my point as to why you shouldn’t hard mew. And even if you are doing it, don’t do it throughout the day but rather for 30 minutes at maximum.
In one of his video on tongue chewing, Dr. Mew said that when you use gum and actively press it on your palette and try to “flatten” the gum out. Rinse and repeat. He adds that when he did it for 40 minutes, he felt as if his palette had widened.
But Hard Mewing is not way similar to what he shared. Most people by mistake think flattening gum is hard mewing. Dr Mew wasn’t promoting hard mewing.
Thus, if you opt for hard mewing and keep doing it for a considerable amount of time, you might have to face detrimental consequences. These include:
- Imbalanced facial structure over long run
- Abnormal face growth
- Sore throat
- Jaw pain
- Swollen Tongue
- Loss of Sensitivity
Now these points mentioned above are not a joke. Clearly, a lot is on the line when you hard mew. See mewing as such doesn’t have any problem because you aren’t forcing but just trying to get the right posture. With hard mewing, it’s no longer touching but rather pressing. Moreover, if you’re mewing with an overbite, you need to be extra cautious.
Should I hard mew?
If you’re just 3 to 6 months into mewing and are trying to get your tongue posture right I suggest you shouldn’t get into it as of now. Already the subject doesn’t have enough scientific backing and without getting the basics right, you might end up doing more damage as compared to achieving positive results.
However if you know the subject in-detail and feel that you can share something with me. I’d love to hear from you. If you have seen considerable results feel free to share those with me because I would like to expand my knowledge on hard mewing.
To wrap this up, I’d suggest you start with light mewing and as you progress start incorporating hard mewing in your schedule. Lastly, stick with mewing. There’s absolutely no harm in simple mewing. Even if you don’t see results, just keep going on. There’s nothing to lose in this battle. You’ll just get better. The only thing I know for certain is people around me are more confident about themselves after they started mewing.
I hope and considered all the points and kept mine clear. If you would like to read more about mewing, feel free to check out our other blogs specially the Mewing 101 guide. That’ll help you start and move in the right direction.