5 Most Common Mewing Mistakes ! You are Mewing Incorrectly!

Diagram illustrating common mewing mistakes, showing correct versus incorrect tongue positioning and its impact on facial structure.

Top 5 Mewing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them  


Mewing, a technique popularized by Dr. Mike Mew, has gained significant traction as a method to improve facial structure and appearance.

It involves proper tongue positioning and posture to potentially influence jawline and overall facial aesthetics. Despite its popularity, many individuals unknowingly make mistakes while practicing mewing, reducing its effectiveness.

In this article, we'll explore the five most common mewing mistakes, supported by relevant studies and expert opinions.

Diagram contrasting improper and proper tongue posture: the left shows a blocked airway and recessed jaw, the right shows optimal placement with a clear airway and defined jawline.


1. Incorrect Tongue Positioning

The essence of mewing lies in the correct positioning of the tongue against the roof of the mouth.

           5 Common Mewing Mistakes: Incorrect Tongue Position

A study in the "Journal of Oral Rehabilitation" suggests that proper tongue posture can influence facial growth and development.

The common mistake here is either placing the tongue too far back or not ensuring complete contact.

The entire tongue should be flat against the palate, not just the tip.

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2. Excessive Force

Another frequent error is applying too much force with the tongue.

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Research in the "International Journal of Orofacial Myology" indicates that excessive force can lead to complications like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Mewing should be a gentle, constant pressure, not an aggressive push.


3. Neglecting Lip Seal and Nasal Breathing            

Mewing isn't just about tongue position; it also involves maintaining a closed lip posture and nasal breathing.

A study from the "American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics" highlights the importance of nasal breathing in facial development.

Failing to seal the lips and breathe through the nose can counteract the benefits of correct tongue posture.


4. Inconsistent Practice

Consistency is key in mewing.

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A 3 year Mewing Transformation

The "European Journal of Orthodontics" has published findings showing that sustained changes in oral posture can impact facial structure over time.

Inconsistency in practice, like mewing correctly only part of the time, can lead to negligible or non-existent results.


5. Unrealistic Expectations

5 Common Mewing Mistakes: Overestimating the effects of Mewing

Lastly, a significant mistake is setting unrealistic expectations.

Mewing is not a quick fix; it's a long-term practice.

Studies have shown changes in facial structure due to mewing are gradual and subtle. Expecting dramatic changes in a short period can lead to disappointment and discontinuation of the practice.



Mewing, when done correctly, can be a beneficial practice for facial aesthetics and health.

However, common mistakes like incorrect tongue positioning, excessive force, neglecting lip seal and nasal breathing, inconsistency, and unrealistic expectations can hinder its effectiveness.

By understanding and rectifying these errors, individuals interested in mewing can practice it more effectively and safely. Remember, consulting with an orthodontic or dental professional is advisable before starting any new oral posture practices.


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