Mewing is a DIY facial improvement technique which seems to be working for thousands of people across the globe. However, it’s marred with controversy when it comes to mewing with an overbite. There’s no scientific evidence that mewing can fix an overbite, at the same time, there’s no evidence which suggests that mewing has a negative impact on the same. However, several people have reported that since they started mewing, their overbite has worsened. (Keep reading till the end, because we’ll be discussing this issue)
Understanding the basics of overbite
Before understand mewing with an overbite, let us first understand the condition called overbite. Since there’s a lot of misconception associated with the term overbite. Is overbite good? Is overbite bad? Should you get your overbite treated? These are few of the questions we’ll be aiming to find an answer for.
The term overbite is also referred to as overbite or overjet. Overbite is a vertical overlapping of the top and the lower teeth. Overjet is the protrusion of the top and the lower teeth. These two terms are often used interchangeably.
What causes excessive overbite?
Sometimes, the top teeth can sit too far forward, sometimes the lower teeth can sit too far back. Sometimes the top jaw can sit too far forward, sometimes the lower jaw can sit too far back. All of these permutations can result in excessive overbite. And thus, might require treatment.
Firstly, everything depends upon the extent of your overbite. If you have a normal overbite then that’s perfectly fine. However, if you have an excessive overbite, then that’s a problem.
In a normal overbite, top teeth overlap a lower set of teeth a little bit. i.e about a third. This type of overbite is perfectly normal. In fact, having normal overbite is ideal instead of edge-to-edge teeth. Because if that were to happen, the upper and lower incisor teeth would wear away. Thus, a degree of overlap is perfectly normal.
If the lower teeth are too deep beyond the back teeth, the lower teeth can traumatize the roof of the mouth. This can lead to trauma to your palate which can result in gum recession and even excessive wear of the teeth in some condition.
Also, if your teeth are out of place in front-back place, it can lead to the aesthetic issue. This is an overbite condition people get treated as it directly affects the aesthetics. However, not many people work towards improving the overall jaw posture.
Mewing with an overbite
If you’re new to mewing, start by reading the Mewing 101 Guide to understand the basics of mewing. If you’ve already read that, then we can proceed. Firstly, mewing doesn’t require exertion of significant force. While mewing, your teeth should be touching gently with your mouth closed. Nonetheless, my DMs are flooded with people questioning about mewing with an overbite and how they’re facing problems when they try to mew. Can mewing really help? Yes, it can. Only if:
Poor Mouth Posture: If the reason for your overbite is the bad mouth posture, then mewing can help improve your condition. Not saying it can fix it, but it can improve it. However, if your overbite is due to your anatomy, then I don’t think mewing can make much of a difference. An important thing you must know is that mewing allows the expansion of maxilla. However, it doesn’t pull it backward as required in an overbite. Fellow mewers have reported that their mandible i.e. the lower jaw has moved slightly forward since they started mewing. However, these results have been rare.
3 Tips to Correct Overbite
Should you be mewing with an overbite?
Absolutely. Mewing will help you correct your tongue posture, help you breathe right and get your facial structure in line. However, mewing is not magical and it doesn’t correct the face right away. Based upon your age, genetics and other factors, it can take anywhere between 6-24 months or more to see minute results. Thus, when faced with an overbite, you should consult a dentist. With that said, you can get the corrections done through dentistry and you can mew to maintain or prevent an overbite. You can also opt for a traditional orthodontic approach which seems to be quite effective.
Mewing making overbite worse
You might have seen our mewing transformation blog and might have gained inspiration for mewing. However, you must know about the proper tongue posture before you start to mew. With mewing, maxilla expands and thus it can worsen the overall condition. Mewing has little to no impact on mandible since you’re applying pressure to the top of your mouth and not on the floor. In this case, it’s better if you consult a dentist.
Finally, check our blog on Proper Tongue Posture to mew correctly. However, if you do not have the time. Follow these quick steps:
- Close your mouth
- Let your teeth rest on each other without any force
- Rest your tongue against your palate i.e. roof of your mouth
- Don’t apply too much pressure.
I’d wrap up this blog by suggesting that you should get a dental check-up before you try mewing. If your overbite is excessive, mewing can prove to be detrimental. Thus, speaking to your dentist or an orthodontist will help your cause. Finally, you can mew if you have a normal overbite and are looking to correct your tongue posture or your breathing technique.
Thus, No. Mewing cannot fix an overbite. However, it can help prevent it if done from a tender age. However, that doesn’t mean, you can’t mew at all. You can, you just need to work along with your dental treatment.