Attractive Face or Not? It depends on Tongue Posture

Attractive Face or Not? It depends on Tongue Posture

Is the structure of your face 100% determined
by your genes? Or, can you change the bone structure of a
person’s face without surgery? Here we have a 10 year old boy with a strong
jawline and overall good looking face …who went on to develop flat cheeks, a receded
chin, a weak jawline and a slight hook in the nose by the age of 17. If this was the work of genes, why would they
work hard to make a good looking face until age ten but slack off after that? Well, right around age 10 the boy got a pet
gerbil which he kept in his bedroom. He was allergic to the animal and his nose
became stuffy and obstructed – forcing him to separate his lips, lower his tongue and
open his mouth, otherwise he couldn’t breathe. Next, take a look at these two brothers: Ben
has a slightly flatter and longer face where Quentin’s face seems to have grown more
forwards rather than vertically. I think most would agree that Quentin’s
face is a bit more attractive. So did Quentin just get lucky and get the
better genes? Probably not, because what’s striking about
these brothers is that they are identical twins, the only difference is one had traditional
orthodontic treatment and the other was treated by Dr. John Mew with what’s called an Orthotropic
treatment. Orthotropics and its principles are extensively
discussed on the Orthotropics youtube channel by Doctors Mike and John Mew. Simply put, it is a method for achieving proper
development of the face. Developed in 1966, the general goal of orthotropics
is to guide the the upper and lower jaws to grow forwards. Here’s another example of Orthotropic treatment
on a little girl where Dr. Kevin Boyd advanced the Maxilla – he got the bone of the midface
to come forward, without surgery. Here’s another example from Mike Mew where
the maxilla was brought forward, again without surgery. I think most would agree that both girls have
achieved a better looking face. What makes this possible? Well, as these examples would suggest, the
development of the facial skeleton is not fixed. The bones of the skull are held together by
fibrous joints called sutures. The maxilla, the bone of the upper mouth is
connected to the cranium and face by several sutures. And, the interesting part is that these sutures
are not fused together. New bone can still be made at the sutures
– even in adults. In fact, certain sutures do not begin to fuse
until 68-72 years of age, which is why the positioning of bones of the skull can be useful
information in forensics and archeology. As Dr. Felix Liao, author of Six-Foot Tiger,
Three-Foot cage explains, “…the potential for maxilla-facial redevelopment is alive
even late in adult life.” There are clear examples of structural change
in an adult’s facial skeletons – when the nerves in the face have been damaged, the
lack of muscle tone can morph the facial bones. Here is Mike Mew showing the shift in facial
bones on a woman who was affected by a disease of the muscles. Not a disease of the bone, but an affliction
to the muscles has morphed her facial skeleton this much. A more famous example is Stephen Hawking,
who was afflicted with a motor neuron disease, yet the bones in his face seem to have also
changed drastically over the years. So what about adults changing their facial
skeleton for the better? Here’s one example from the Orthotropics
youtube channel. Here’s another from Dr. John Mew’s website. And, In this research article by Professor
G. Dave Singh what they call “Facial Enhancement” has been achieved in a 19 and 26 year old
by applying orthotropic principles for only 1 year. The 26 year old’s eyeliner is giving her
a bit of an advantage in the second photo, so let’s cover that up. If you look closely, you’ll see the 26 year
old has a more pronounced jaw and the face has shortened and come forward a bit, which
makes the midface appear fuller. . In fact, 12 adults participated participated
in the study, and several facial angles were measured to track objective change in the
face. They found significant changes in the labiomental
and thyromandibular angles …concluding that their approach “may enhance facial appearance
non-surgically in adults.” OK, let’s cut to the chase – How can we
move the bones of the face around to have a better functioning, better looking face? Well, one simple way is to follow what John
Mew calls the tropic premise: “Rest the tongue on the palate with the lips sealed
and the teeth in light contact for four to eight hours a day.” This might not sound like a big deal, but
the tongue is a relatively big muscle and can exert plenty of force on the maxilla. It’s plausible that having this large muscle
press up and forwards on the maxilla for 8 hours a day and hopefully while you’re sleeping,
over a few years, this can make noticeable changes in the structure of the face. But hold on a moment — these improvements
I just showed you were made using appliances that fit in the mouth and exert the necessary
forces on the skull required for facial change. It’s been tough to find people who made
improvements just by maintaining good oral posture over the years. But, I’ve dug up three examples. Each person seems to have started at a relatively
young age, and I don’t have many specifics they are worth looking at: Here’s a post on a forum of someone who was
apparently 15 in the first photo, and 21 in the second. The angles are quite different, but if this
is these are the same person… it’s a drastic change even given 5 years. This is from youtube channel meaganxrose – the
only information I have is that this picture on the left was taken 3 years before the one
on the right . She may have lost some weight as well, but here’s her in a recent video. Her cheekbones and jaw appear much more pronounced. One more example is youtuber AstroSky. He apparently began working on back and tongue
posture when he was 16. Here are two pictures when he was around 16
or 17 and here’s him at 18. Here’s him now at 22. It’s not shocking that the face would change
from 16 to 22 years old , but this is a particularly drastic change. This would suggest that his maxilla has come
forward. These three examples are again not the strongest
pieces of evidence but they at least show that the face can change to some degree without
appliances or surgery. Another effect of having the tongue on the
roof of the mouth is that – especially when young, it widens the dental arch, which helps
to have straight teeth. Though I think most would assume that straight
or crooked teeth are genetic. So if it’s not genetic, what causes crooked
teeth? In this paper by Dr. Kevin Boyd, he states
that “dental caries (as in cavities) and malocclusion (which means misaligned or crooked
teeth) while now highly prevalent public health diseases, are both surprisingly rare within
the pre-industrial skeletal and pre-historic fossil records, and also seldom seen in many
present-day nonwesternized cultures.” This is very striking considering according
to Proffit’s 1994 Contemporary Orthodontics, 2/3rds of the US population has some degree
of malocclusion – misalignment of the teeth. Yet, malocclusion with a known cause is listed
as only 5% percent of the population. That leaves 60% of people with malocclusion
for unknown reasons. In 1939 an American dentist named Weston Price
traveled around the world examining the oral health of both civilized groups living on
modern foods and isolated groups living on native diets. He published his results in a book titled
“Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.” What’s most interesting is the pictures
in the book. -Here we have girls from isolated valleys
of Switzerland and children from modernized districts of Switzerland. -Here we have native Alaskan Inuit people,
also called Eskimos, and on the right we have the first generation of children born after
the parents adopted a modern lifestyle. Notice how There is some wear on the teeth,
especially on this person, but the teeth are …straight. -Here we have isolated native Americans and
the first generation native Americans with a modern lifestyle. -Here we have people from islands in the southeastern
pacific …before and after adopting a modern lifestyle. -Then we have Samoans, a tribe in Belgian
Congo, Australian Aborigines and Andean Indians. -Here we have two brothers from the Isle of
Harris, the one on the left uses modern food, the one on the right native foods. There are several more examples in the book
of people living on their native diets with excellent teeth, and then people with similar
genes living on modern diets with unhealthy and crooked teeth. Paleoantrhopologist Daniel Lieberman reports
in his book “Evolution of the Human Head that “…jaws and faces do not grow to the
same size that they used to…”. And if we go back to these pictures, we notice
that these people have relatively broad faces with broad dental arches. If you compare a prehistoric skull to a modern
day skull, you’ll find that we used to have far broader dental arches. Weston Price’s book highlights the importance
of fat soluble vitamins in the diet for proper growth and development, but for this video
we’ll look at how a different characteristic of the diet can affect skull growth. Biological Anthropologist Clark Spencer Larson
says that agriculture instigated a fundamental change in human craniofacial growth and development. He highlights the use of cooking vessels as
an impactful innovation because they allowed for humans to make very soft mushy food that
required little chewing. He says such culinary adaptations resulted
in fundamental changes in craniofacial growth and development, resulting in reduced robustness,
increased malocclusion and increased tooth crowding. So, where people were gnawing on very fibrous
low calorie plant foods as well as raw and cooked meat, maybe having to chomp through
skin, cartilage and sinew and using their teeth as tools, they could now make porridges
and maybe some stews that provided much more calories for less masticatory effort. One piece of evidence for the significance
of having to chew more and harder is the fact that the skulls found with good occlusion
– with straight teeth are found with extensive wear on the teeth. As Rose and Roblee explain in this paper,
“Thorough analysis of dental data from the Armana Project has shown that Egyptian and
most ancient teeth have extensive tooth wear on even the youngest individuals. Malocclusion is rare in Amarna but very common
in America; tooth wear is extensive in Amarna yet rare in America.” And, Dental microwear analysis shows that
hunter gatherers ate a diet that wore down their teeth more than farmers. This would mean stronger masseter and temporalis
muscles – the muscles in the face involved in chewing. Spending most of your day chewing on things
hard enough to wear the teeth down to that extent could exert enough direct and indirect
force to morph the facial skeleton and dental arch. But there’s an unexpected effect of having
soft foods early in life. The idea is that when a baby is weaning off
breast milk, if they move onto hard foods, they would have to develop a different swallowing
pattern – If you have a straw or bottle nearby you can test for yourself to see what I mean. Your swallowing pattern when you suck up liquid
is different when you chew up something hard and then swallow it down. So if you wean the baby onto soft foods that
can be suckled down, the baby doesn’t fully develop a proper swallowing pattern. The swallowing pattern you want to develop
is where your tongue pushes tightly up against the palate to pull the food into the esophagus,
what you don’t want is to swallow with your tongue sucking on your teeth. It’s estimated that humans swallow around
600 times per day with about 2 pounds of force against the palate – this frequent force exerted
on the palate, as well as your resting tongue posture can affect the dental arch. Quite simply put if the tongue isn’t exerting
force on the roof of the mouth, and pushing the teeth outwards, they can come to cave
in. The upper arch should form like this, thanks
to the tongue pressing against the teeth, preventing the pressure of the cheeks from
pushing them in. But if the tongue isn’t holding the teeth
in place, the teeth can get crowded inwards: One more piece of evidence for this idea is
the work of Dr. Egil Harvold on rhesus monkeys. Rhesus monkeys,, when left to their own devices
will breathe through their noses with their lips touching and tongue resting on the soft
palate, and they have properly functioning, straight teeth. A 1981 paper describes how Dr. Harvald blocked
the nasal passage of monkeys with silicone nose plugs – this causes them to develop an
open mouth posture with the tongue pulled down off the roof of the mouth. So, what effect did this have? The paper reports that “the common finding
was a narrowing of the mandibular dental arch and a decrease in maxillary arch length, causing
an incisor cross-bite.” Simply put – by pulling the tongue down and
breathing through the mouth, the monkeys developed smaller dental arches and crooked teeth.

100 thoughts on “Attractive Face or Not? It depends on Tongue Posture

  1. Clarification on the title : I of course don't mean to suggest that attractiveness depends only on tongue posture. Nutrition of the mother and nutrition of the person during formative years surely play a very large role in how the face develops. In fact, the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration would suggest that; fat soluble vitamins being very important for fertility and proper development of young, with grains & sugar ("modern foods") being very detrimental for development and oral health especially. Oral posture would be another piece of the puzzle.
    On that note, Francis Pottenger's experiment with cats found that cats on a poor diet developed deteriorated facial structure by the third generation.

    NOTE ON SUTURE FUSION: I wish I had used the phrasing "these sutures are not completely fused together," or "sutures are not completely closed …" It's understood that after birth, the sutures of the skull "fuse" together by age 2 or so. One study found that complete closure of certain sutures does not occur until as late as 70 years old. Another found that “The human frontozygomatic suture undergoes synostosis during the eigth decade of life, but does not completely fuse by the age of 95 years," based on 61 human cadavers aged 20 to 95.
    -See the linked PDF in the description for more details/links

  2. When I was a kid, I found that having my mouth open all the time looks ugly so I forced myself to close it, I also put my tongue on the roof of my mouth as it feels more comfortable that way. Does that mean I've been mewing since I was a child?

  3. I have never ever put as much attention to my tongue before watching this video. And immediately and automatically, i am using my tongue to reform my face.

  4. i feel personally attacked, I have an identical twin who got a mouth appliance to bring her jaw forward, while I just had regular braces…

  5. That second chick, had some kind of treatment done to her face, and lips. That wasn't her tongue. And actually I think she is more attractive in the original picture before she got a bunch of work done and wore 30 metric tons of makeup.

  6. Someone coulda told me this before my dentist put literal metal springs in my face to try and push my jaw forward (it didn’t even work)

  7. lmao this is a picture of a kid at 15 and then him at 21. i think thats called natural puberty. same with the other ones

  8. I naturally rest my tongue on my pallet… guess that’s why my jawline is pronounced and I didn’t need braces… cool.

  9. 0:21 wtf?? that guy looks exactly like me, I was better looking when I was 10, I thought this is something out of control until this video showed up

  10. I always keep my tongue on the top of my mouth when not talking. Now that I'm thinking about it, it's kinda hard to not do it

  11. Because I've practiced singing since adolescence, and training involves keeping the tongue off of the roof of the mouth (pressed down basically), I made that into my status quo, so I don't know if I used to do differently to get a cute face or what. But hopefully my baby-round face will become more defined by retraining the tongue up for sleeping and resting.

  12. Mist interesting is that whooole space, universe is under the simple rules. If it s true all this so imagine you can be beauty, healthy teeth and even singer by just fckkkiiiin holding your tongue up. And people notice this with monkeys and picture of people. So not this is the shock. The shock is that there are so much more simple things that we cannot find them yet. How to think faster, how to sing, how to hold breathe for over 10 min, how to be stronger, faster, how to endurance -40 degrees cold and over 50 degrees hot weather. Nice video

  13. I'm skeptical after seeing how modern food and nutrition make our teeth ugly. My teeth started to grow totally out of the right places when I was a kid, and immediately my parents took me to a dentist. I have had a hard and long job to have the perfect straight teeth I have today. Every single dentist says I have perfect straight teeth.

  14. i used to have nasal praploms that made my nose always blogged and made me breath through my mouth but i finally found a cure

  15. I understand your channel is aboyt communicating fascinating things but ive seen these examples used by sophists. Problems are Selection bias/ sample size/ cherry-picking. I mean off the top of my head, puberty and early adulthood bone growth is the already proven culprit.

  16. ive done this since i was in high school and i did it because i noticed it relieved my headaches
    i went from pudgy faced to what many call very attractive and do other stuff like cliche my jaw and tighten my neck and look around when i workout

    i dont think looks is entirely based on genetics and more so leading a healthy lifestyle

  17. I started changing my tounge posture a few years ago just cuz I realized it was more comfortable and I've already seen a crazy difference. My jaw looks more snatched 💁🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ also had an expander when I was really young. So that probably helped

  18. I started doing this about 3-4 years ago, just to try to make my double chin go away. But after a while it became a habit. I’ve found that my asthma and teeth, both improved to this day. I had many teeth growing inwards. But I’m starting to find a pain in the back of my skull. Sadly most likely linked to this
    (Edit; didn’t watch the full thing yet! Just got to the part about teeth straightened out… seems familiar)

  19. Place siliva soaked tounge on the roof of your mouth.
    Continuously suck the siliva out
    Ignore your mouth to keep tounge forcing on the mouth's roof as you sleep.
    Rejoice for free mewning.

  20. Guys, it's been one week since I started, I let you know the results every months
    If you want to talk about it my ig is @a_tramo (not doing this for followers)

  21. Holy cow! As a kid, a boy from Idaho living in Florida, I suffered with lots of allergies (which I just thought were a normal thing) and often was sick with a minor cold. I usually breathed through my mouth, but around age 8 or 10 I realised people don't like people who breath through their mouth, and so I made myself breath through my nose (I was a really lonely kid without that many friends, and kinda desperate) anyway, the habit stuck; however, around age 14 I began getting orthodontics work done, and they found that I have exactly that, an inciser cross-bite, just like the Reeses Monkeys, this video blew me away.

  22. Wouldn't allergies be a better explanation? If the nose is clogged we can expect similar results as the monkey experiment.

  23. i always rest my tongue on the roof of my mouth, although at the same time i breathe through my mouth a lot cause my nose sometimes doesnt work and not just cause of allergies

  24. My tongue has always rested on the roof of my mouth when I'm relaxed and I have a VERY pronounced jawline for a girl but so do all the women on my dad's side(which I resemble the most)

  25. I use to breathe through my mouth due to allergies [sidenote: no one ever thought to test me, I had to figure out on my own due to an asthma attack at a grass field where I ran], and I've noticed that my face looked a bit flater at a younger age. Now that I take Claratin, I've kept my mouth closed for the most part, and my tongue naturally wanted to rest against the roof of my mouth. I forgot until you mentioned it how painful that used to be, I constantly bit my tongue at first not understanding why, this cleared up a lot of questions I would have had back then. Luckily, my tongue no longer suffers from random bites and my teeth are straight for the most part, the bottom row is slightly crooked at the front but that was due to wisdom teeth that grew in sideways, there were extracted not long ago and my teeth are already a lot straighter there as they have taken advantage of the new real estate.

  26. But my tongue is always resting on the roof of my mouth… is it me or does everyone have very spacious mouths so that they have to lift their tongue?

  27. Bruh the government knows this, but they need to keep us going to the dentists to get money you know. They need young kids to keep getting braces

  28. Has there been any peer review by the scientific community? I'd love to read up on this if there is some accepted material out there.

  29. does certain lenguajes matter about the position of the tongue? That question just got around my head when I saw the video

  30. oh yeah of course Jason Momoa, Brad Pitt and hundreds of other hollywood actors are only attractive because they had spent their entire life with the tongue on the roof of the mouth, of course, how didn't I guess it earlier

  31. 2:04 not the same girl, ears, lips, nose, and slightly the eyes are different. Other small things like hair color and her eyebrows. This had to have been a mistake, seeing as ears are unique and don't change curves.

  32. This viseo makes alot of sense to me freashmen year i had a a pretty defined jaw line but i got alot of cavities making my teeath very sensitive it hurts to eat hard foods and i realizes i never keep my teeth together im a senior now and dispite puting on muscle and losing weight my jaw line is weak and pathetic. Im gonna try this i hope it wrks

  33. My tongue position and posture, according to your statements, have been perfect since I was 4, my . earliest memories. For obvious reasons, I'lln't show my face lest you arrive to me in person.

  34. My orthodontist gave me an appliance to keep my tongue off the roof of my mouth. He thought my teeth were pushed out by my tongue even though I told him I sucked my thumb well into grade school. My jaw is really weak years later because I thought this posture was incorrect wth

  35. I used to think everyone's rested on the bottom until the dentists told me I was tongue tied and told me that it should be on top… After working with a myofunctional therapist, now I'm properly resting it on the roof of my mouth, I breathe through my nose, and my jaw's starting to align with my top jaw better.

  36. I may have found the reason for my craving to chew on chewy or hard things. + I have my tongue almost naturally on roof of my mouth so I have no problems with my face too.

  37. Maybe I'm weird, but I've always rested my bottom teeth behind my top teeth with my tongue squeezed between, and when I want to change my jaw line, I just push my lower jaw forward till my teeth line up and tada, straight teeth.

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