Mewing Mistakes – 5 Terrible Effects & How to overcome them


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 though it sounds interesting and easy is often made difficult. Newbies with improper information end up hurting their jaws and their facial structure due to mewing mistakes. Mewing is effortless. It doesn’t require you to feel pain or force your teeth into an unnatural position. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how there are two types of mewing apart from hard & soft mewing – these are the mewing postures. However, one of them is incorrect and as soon as I learned more, I edited the blog to ensure the credible information flows through our website.

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In that post, I mentioned two types of tongue postures:

  1. Resting your tongue against the roof of your mouth
  2. Rolling the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth

Can you guess which one is incorrect? Yep, the second one. “Rolling the top of your tongue against the roof of your mouth” is a faulty tongue posture. Most of the newbies do it without even realizing the terrible damage that it can cost to your facial structure.


If you’re new to mewing, you might as well want to learn the basics about it through our Mewing 101 blog. Since in this blog, we’re directly discussing the mewing mistakes. Thank you!

Terrible effects of mewing mistakes – Improper tongue posture!

  1. Bigger Buccinators: A buccinator is a thin muscle that occupies the space between the maxilla and mandible. Buccinators, located at the side of the face is an integral part of the cheek. Improper Mewing can cause detrimental effect to the buccinators on either side and grow in size leading to breathing, swallowing & jaw problems
  2. Weaker Submental Area: While mewing as a tongue posture aims at strengthening the facial structure, improper tongue posture can affect the fascial space of the head and the neck. Instead of strengthening the structure, it can make it weak
  3. Dark Circles: If the posture to keep support your skull isn’t correct, it’s quite likely that your face will be affected. Growing dark circles have been reported by several mewers after they started mewing. Upon their analysis and study, they realized that it was the mewing mistakes that had led to this problem.
  4. Painful Jaw: While improper mewing posture and mewing mistakes are often accredited to tongue posture, people often overlook the importance of teeth placement. The goal of mewing is not to keep your front teeth clenched but instead each end to rest upon one another. Mewers often apply too much pressure on the teeth or clench too hard which leads to a painful jaw.
  5. Detrimental Growth: You started mewing because of the benefits or perhaps a jawline. However, mewing mistakes can deteriorate your current facial structure. Improper tongue posture and pressure exertion can hinder natural growth and can prove to be detrimental.

Mewing is the correct posture

Mewing is natural, it’s not forceful. By forceful, I mean applying undue pressure on the teeth or the roof of your mouth. While Maxilla and Mandible can improve the structure, you should not go overboard in achieving the result. Mewing should feel natural and it’s not hard.

All you need to do is to stick your tongue to the roof of your mouth and rest your upper set of teeth against the lower ones. DO NOT CLENCH YOUR TEETH! Mewing mistakes wouldn’t just lead to no result but also cause problems within the existing structure.

Mewing requires practice

While mewing is natural, it does require practice. By natural, I’m referring to the proper tongue posture, that is exactly how the posture needs to be. So if you do not have the right posture, change it today. It can take up to days, weeks, and even months to master the posture, but once you do, you will feel the difference.

If you practice it for three weeks straight, you’ll probably develop a subconscious tongue posture which is exactly what we are aiming for. You won’t obtain a correct tongue posture overnight, you’ll need to keep reminding yourself just like your physical workouts. Do not feel frustrated if it takes time, remember, subconscious habit is what we’re looking to develop here.

Can’t Sleep because of Mewing

Well.. Mark, we don’t have control over our tongue when we fall asleep, what do we do then? You don’t have to. Don’t stress hard. If you keep practicing, your tongue will naturally rest in the position. Remember, the tip of your tongue should NOT rest on the incisors rather the spot behind which should be touched by the back of your tongue all the forward (NOT THE TIP).

Proper Vs Improper Tongue Posture

Proper Tongue Posture: Correct tongue posture doesn’t ask you to roll your tongue to touch the tip to the spot. The middle or front portion of the tongue is responsible for hitting the spot. What does this imply?

  1. The tip can rest further ahead and not against the incisors
  2. The middle part of the tongue doesn’t have to be forced forward
  3. The posterior of the tongue should be rest towards the roof of your mouth without blocking the airway
  4. Placing your teeth on one other without exerting too much pressure
  5. Front teeth resting normally with an overbite less than 3 mm

Improper Tongue Posture: Improper tongue posture is an integral part of mewing mistakes committed by mewers. As I have hinted in the passage above:

  1. Clenching your teeth
  2. Rolling the tongue
  3. Touching the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth
  4. Applying too much pressure
  5. Placing your teeth on top of each other.

Benefits of correcting mewing mistakes

You will no longer be frustrated with mewing. You’ll love it and you will develop a habit in no time. Positive changes will occur and you will feel the change on its own. You’ll have a better face structure and stronger framework unlike right now where your head is leaning forward and you’re breathing through your mouth mostly.

On top of proper mewing, it’s essential that you take care of your body. If you don’t get rid of the fat, you’re highly unlikely to witness any kind of progress. Thus, it’s important that you bring down the fat percentage between 10%-15% so you can actually see the visual differences. That’s just an additional suggestion, I’d like to make. Mewing is great but it can’t transform your entire face if you’re not willing to work on your body and facial muscles.

Lastly, always remember, nasal breathing is a crucial part of mewing and keeping healthy. If you adopt nasal breathing, half your breathing-related problems will go away within a certain time. Furthermore, you will get a better posture, perhaps a jawline, and overall good health.

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This was our coverage of the topic Mewing Mistakes. Feel free to drop your opinions in the comment section below. Till then keep mewing and avoid these mewing mistakes – primarily improper tongue posture.


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43 thoughts on “Mewing Mistakes – 5 Terrible Effects & How to overcome them”

  1. ‘not against the incisors’, does that mean that I shouldn’t touch the central and lateral incisors at all or is it alright to put it behind the incisors whilst touching it with little to no pressure? I might have this problem as I have an overbite and my tongue may be too long and hence when I mew (with my teeth not touching each other), the tongue always extends and touches the incisors. Much would be appreciated if you could clear my confusion regarding the ‘not against the incisors’ section. Thank you.

    • Ooh and one more thing. I’ve watched plenty of youtube videos telling me that if the tip of my tongue is touching my incisors, I should place the root of my tongue further backwards. It does work for a short moment, however, after a while the tip of my tongue loses its ‘vacuum suction’ and slides back down – hence, touching the incisors.

    • Hey Brendan, You quoted the solution yourself. “Put it behind the incisors whilst touching it with little to no pressure.”

      • Sooo it’s ok to just touch it? Plus, IS it normal that the inferior part of myy tongue is touching my below teeths? Because it is curving

  2. Should the tip of my tongue push up and forward ? And if I have deepbite and I can’t put the tip of my tongue right behind the upper front teeth without pushing against the lower front teeth, what should I do???? Please help me

    • Hey Jessie,
      Work on your deepbite before you start mewing.
      You can work on it and improve it over time.
      Meanwhile, don’t try to push your tongue too forward. Just focus on touching the palate.

  3. Hi,
    Can u please help me. I have been mewing frm more than 3 months. I have got facial asymmetry and very wide upper mandible giving my face a v shape and makingme look thin. How can i correct this, i am always thinking about my tongue all time. I think i applied more pressure on one side in the past and it has seriously fucked my structure. Now i feel bones protruding out of my zygomatic area. My teeth have become misaligned. Can i revert the changes? I am very depressed due to it. Pls help me if u got any suggestions.. Thanks

    • Hey Arpit,
      Thanks for posting this query.
      I’d urge you to consult an orthotropic near you.
      I can advise but can’t put you at risk.
      Your best bet would be to consult an orthotropic.


      • Hi Arpit were you rolling the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth is that your mewing mistake? Please tell me because I had been also doing the same thing for more than two months what was your mewing mistake? Please reply bro I am depressed due to mewing mistakes I think I should not have mewed if I wouldn’t have done mewing then it wouldn’t have been happened.

        • Rolling the tongue isn’t the right posture. You need to push the lower third i.e. the back portion of your tongue against the roof of your mouth i.e. the soft portion a.k.a palette.

      • Hi please help i have been mewing since two months but i have been doing mewing mistakes i think i was pushing the roof of my mouth with the tip of my tongue is it incorrect? and if it will be incorrect then how can i improve it again

        • Hi please help me the above mentioned one mewing mistake that is rolling the tip of the tongue to the roof of mouth can ruin my face please tell me this was my mewing mistake I am very depressed help

    • Hi Arpit were you rolling the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth is that your mewing mistake? Please tell me because I had been also doing the same thing for more than two months what was your mewing mistake? Please reply bro I am depressed due to mewing mistakes I think I should not have mewed if I wouldn’t have done mewing then it wouldn’t have been happened.

  4. Hello Mark,
    thanks for thesehelping tips. i wanted to ask you question about the lips, while i mewing i dont usually seal the lips, and i feel i dont need to close my lips while breathing through my nose. so is it really matters to seal the lips?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Generally, when you rest your molars against each other, it’ll automatically close your mouth. But yes, as long as your molars are resting against each other and the tongue touching the palate, you’re good.

  5. Please reply me as soon as possible. My question is I have been mewing for more than one month I think but I don’t realize that it is mewing mistake the mistake was that rolling the tip of the tongue to the roof of my mouth so will this mewing mistake deteriorate my current facial structure please help ! Help ! I am very depressed.. please reply as soon as possible I am sending these messages with the help of emails of different types of my friends so don’t be confused..

    • Hey Afzal,
      Don’t worry, you can correct your tongue posture.
      Rolling your tongue is in fact a mewing mistake. Don’t roll it. Just press it against the roof of your mouth. But not too hard.

      I hope that answers your question.


  6. Sorry for disturbing you again but i am really depressed because i have done mewing mistake more than one month and my mewing mistake was i was pressing my tip of tongue too hard to the roof of my mouth i mean i was sliding the tip of my tongue against roof of my mouth it is making me thin right side of my jaw pain now what should i do? I am confused i thought i will get jaw line but there is no improvement and jaw pain… Please reply … My big mistake was that i have not watched the mewing video on youtube properly perhaps i should have read your instructions first please understand me all concept by replying me i am sad seriously….

  7. Hi i have applied excessive pressure on my hard palate for 25 days question is that now what will happen? I am looking slightly thin but can i correct this please elaborate please help

    • Consult a doctor if you feel something is not right. If everything seems okay then just stop putting excessive pressure on your palate.

  8. Pease reply what can be happened? if i apply excessive amount of pressure on my hard palate. I have committed this mistake because of improper information. But now i stopped doing this mewing mistake. Please reply

    • You’ve to relax your tongue now. There are certain pressure points that might help reduce the pain if you’re suffering from it. Other than that, give your palate some time to become normal and meanwhile, just soft mew. Don’t apply unnecessary pressure. And please refer to legit sources of information such as Orthotropics (Social Handles) only. Thanks

  9. My tongue was activated against ‘hard palate ‘and applied too much pressure on ‘hard palate’ because i did not understand what mewing is rather i have understood that it is mewong that means what cats do i had committed this mistake for 15 days i feel that my face is very tight . Can i correct mewing mistake please reply me as soon as possible.

  10. Hii please tell me what is exactly the meaning of rolling the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth is there any pressure needed for this act ??? Please reply I am confused

  11. Please reply as soon as possible please please if applied excessive pressure on hard palate will there be harm of soft tissue and can it be corrected by just doing it in the right way? Please reply

    • Yes, there can be. Some people don’t have any issues when hard mewing i.e. pushing the tongue harder on their palate. However, I just recommend soft mewing when you’re starting out and not risk any other condition.

  12. Hey I was wondering if I could get good results from mewing if my orthodontist pulled two of my teeth, the ones behind my eye teeth and then he couldn’t close the spaces cause my mouth grew so now I have gaps there so my question is if I mew will I end up with the right teeth placement or will I end up with a hole bunch of gaps in my teeth? Thanks – Lotus

  13. Hi I had recently looked into mewing and began to consciously mew however due to my poor posture and maybe forward head posture(haven’t paid attention to it) my face has become more swollen and rounder perhaps my buccinator muscle have enlarged. What I want to know is will my face return to normal as in the once I fix my posture and start engaging the back 3rd

  14. When mewing, am I suppose to feel a stretch in the back of my tongue?
    Also, proper swallowing technique wasn’t included as an “improper technique” so proper swallowing isn’t necessary? I hope not because I really suck at that.
    I would really appreciate a well-thought detailed response Mewpedia


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