Are you Mewing correctly?
While I've watched dozens of instructional videos and read through several articles to make sure I'm not wasting my time with what I thought was the correct way, I wanted to get my ear nose and throat specialist's input to see if it lines up with everything I've learned to date.
The general principles I was aware of essentially broke down to maintaining proper body posture, keeping your mouth shut, and applying light pressure, or a suction hold, to the roof of your mouth with your tongue, with the posterior part of the tongue being the most important for encouraging optimal facial development.
Mewing – A Simplified Explanation
Although the doctor himself did not specifically answer the question as he had never heard of Mewing, he already adopts and encourages his patients to adopt the same principles behind it, and made an effort to briefly outline to me how to know if you are Mewing correctly.
Using the anatomy of the mouth as an example, he first established two points in it; specifically, the locations of the tongue and the palate.
The palate is the roof of the mouth.
Correct tongue posture is achieved with an emphasis on the back of the tongue being firmly placed against the back palate.
The middle and tip of your tongue should be suctioned up against the mid and front area of your palate as well, but not too forcefully otherwise it will push the back of your tongue (the more important part) downwards.
The force generated by correct tongue posture should be upwards and forwards, and is mainly driven by the back of the tongue.
If the back of the tongue is high enough and firmly pressed against the back palate, your airway in your mouth should feel cut off, and it may even feel uncomfortable.
This is normal, and takes getting used to.
The biggest mistake people make when trying to learn how to Mew is they will place the tip of their tongue on the roof of their mouth, but then completely or partially neglect the posterior region.
Focus on getting the back of your tongue in the right position before you even worry about the middle or the front of the tongue, as they are much less important.
As time goes on and Mewing correctly becomes second nature to you, the back of your tongue will be firmly placed far back on your palate, and the rest of your tongue will be suctioned up against the mid and front portions of your palate without touching the back of your front teeth.
Another big mistake many make is they will push the tip of their tongue against the back of their front teeth.
The front of your tongue should not touch your teeth at all, and should be right behind your gums.