Mewing, the practice of resting your tongue on the roof of your mouth, made popular by Dr. Mike Mew has become one of the most preferred methods of getting well-structured, defined facial features.
Although there have been no clinical trials done to prove that mewing is, indeed, a sure-shot method of seeing a difference in the structure of your face, various testimonies from people stand as proof backing this method.
Many people often wonder whether getting Invisalign would hamper their ability to mew. While it is possible to mew with Invisalign, knowing the right technique is also important. Keep reading to learn all about mewing with an Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner that is used to straighten your teeth. As far as aligners go, this one is considered to be one of the most prestigious products in the market. Its clear, transparent nature allows it to act as a tool along with being visually aesthetic.
Although they do take a little while to get used to, mewing with them is not considered a problem at all. These aligners only cover the teeth, leaving the rest of the mouth open wide for one to achieve the perfect tongue posture.
Invisalign targets people who wish to straighten their teeth without having aligners that make them feel insecure. Compared to those, Invisalign camouflages with one’s teeth perfectly so that they get the feeling of not wearing aligners while it is on, doing its job.
First, you need to get a thorough dental examination which will determine whether you need Invisalign in the first place or not.
Once you get the green light, the dentist will get an impression of your teeth and create a set of Invisalign that is specific to your mouth.
Once your teeth adjust to a certain set of aligners, your dentist will devise a new set for your teeth to slowly settle into a new structure. This entire process may take up to 12-18 months and post that a retainer would be recommended to make sure you don’t suffer a relapse.
How do you mew with Invisalign?
As mentioned above, mewing will not be affected by the Invisalign because it only covers the teeth, leaving the rest of your mouth as it is.
Since every Invisalign is custom made to fit an individual’s mouth, it doesn’t expand to the roof, making mewing a viable option.
With Invisalign on, you can practice mewing as you would normally do, but make sure your tongue gets as close to your teeth as possible without touching the Invisalign.
The best part about wearing Invisalign is that you can feel when your tongue is pushing on your teeth.
Whenever you feel you are pushing on your front teeth rather than the roof, you can correct your tongue posture and make sure you are not making any mewing mistakes ahead.
Hard mewing simply means putting more pressure on the dental arches, done to achieve quicker palatal expansion.
When you have Invisalign on, it is not recommended that you opt for hard mewing instead focus on touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth gently, building a constant pressure.
Since Invisalign already works on palatal expansion, you don’t have to worry about hard mewing as a way to achieve that.
Suction-hold mewing has its own benefits when done correctly. It helps with creating a vacuum between your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
It does not pose a problem when mewing correctly, but if you’re not careful, you can end up creating an intra-oral vacuum and can risk your upper lip getting sucked into the Invisalign.
Lack of Tongue Space
If you’re facing difficulties while mewing because of the lack of space in your mouth then you might want to consider whether this Invisalign treatment is going to give you that palatal expansion or not. You can always look at more methods of achieving palatal expansion as well.
Does Invisalign restrict mewing gains?
Invisalign is used only to ensure that your teeth are locked into place. While it stops the palatal expansion from the tongue, it does not come between the other mewing benefits that one can achieve.
Mewing is used for several other reasons like forward facial growth, defined jawline, and sunken cheeks and the progress on these continues to remain as it is. Besides, mewing also prevents relapse after the Invisalign is out.
Mewing after Invisalign
Once your stint with Invisalign is over, your dentist will give you retainers to lock in the progress your teeth have made. While locking down on retainers, it is also important to understand what kind is compatible with mewing.
You should also look at the technique of mewing with retainers on or else it would prove to be counter-productive.
While worrying about getting your teeth alignment right is important, it is equally important to look at facial aesthetics. Your jaw, being a prominent feature of your face, needs to be structured in a way that suits your entire face.
Mewing is a great way to get a slender face with a sharp jawline that is highly sought after. However, it is not necessary to stop one because of the other. Mewing and Invisalign can go hand in hand to get your lower half of the face looking spot on.