Forward Facial Growth: The Step-By-Step Approach to More Aesthetic Face

Discover the fascinating world of forward facial growth and learn how to promote it in adults with our informative guide.
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Forward Facial Growth: How to Promote It In Adults
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You’ve probably wondered if there is a way to enhance your facial features, especially your jawline whether for health or aesthetic reasons. 

You might not realize it but your jawline significantly determines your teeth structure, facial appearance, and overall jaw or facial health. 

An undeveloped jaw can affect the position of your teeth causing bite problems such as:

  • Open bite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

It can also affect your facial appearance including the symmetry of your face.

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How do you improve your jawline, and in turn improve your facial appearance? Surgery used to be the major treatment for an underdeveloped jaw. However, right now, with forward facial growth, you can improve your jawline and cheekbones, and there are many ways to achieve this.

…some which do NOT even require you to have a surgery!

Read on to learn more.

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What is Forward Facial Growth?

Forward facial growth is any technique or exercise that moves the maxilla up, so your jawline is aligned perfectly, and your face appears more lifted.

There are 22 bones in our faces in total, and those bones are divided into two zones. 

While one zone is responsible for forming your face, the other zone protects your skull. One of the key players of the bone structure of the face is called the maxilla.

Source: Anatomy App

The maxilla is the bones that form not only your upper jaw, but your cheekbones, and lower eye socket. Genetics or a facial injury can hinder the maxilla from developing properly resulting in:

  • Sunken upper jawline
  • Prominent lower jaw
  • Misaligned bite
  • Recessed cheeks

In children, an undeveloped jaw can be caused by prolonged sucking of the thumb or the use of a sippy cup. Regardless of the cause of an undeveloped maxilla, forward facial growth techniques can help to stimulate the maxilla and guide it into its proper position

This can restore facial symmetry, improve your bite, and bring out the best in your jawline.

Forward Facial Growth vs. Recessed Jawline

Forward facial growth and a recessed jawline are DIFFERENT even though they appear similar. Forward facial growth raises your maxilla and improves your jawline. 

Image of a recessed jawline (left) and forward facial growth (right)

Source: PHI Clinic

In a recessed jawline, your jaw slopes back towards your neck instead of projecting or lying flat. This occurs because your upper jaw and lower jaw do not align.

You might be able to tell the difference between both from some facial appearances.

  1. The jawline. In forward facial growth, your jawline is well-formed and prominent. In a recessed jawline, the jaw appears shorter and less pronounced
  2. Cheek line. With forward facial growth, your cheek line slopes forward, while they are flatter in a recessed jawline
  3. Upper lips/ Forward facial growth often results in a narrower angle between your upper lip and the rest of your face. For a recessed jawline, this angle is wide

Lower lips. The lips have a narrow angle for forward growth and a wider angle for a recessed jawline

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Benefits of Forward Facial Growth

From correcting bite problems to restoring facial appearance, and preventing certain health problems, there are many benefits of forward facial growth.

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Better Breathing

When the maxilla is underdeveloped, it can block the nasal cavity, and obstruct a person’s breathing. This can lead to breathing with the mouth which causes problems such as:

  • Inability to swallow
  • Dry mouth
  • Improper palate and jaw growth

Forward facial growth can eliminate this problem by creating more room for air to travel through the nasal cavity. 

This can prevent mouth breathing, and help with sleep-related problems.

Proper Lip Seal

A proper lip seal is the correct position of your lips when you’re not chewing or talking. Your lips should be closed properly, not misaligned, or hanging open. When the maxilla is underdeveloped, it can lead to crooked teeth and thin upper lips. 

This can make it challenging to achieve a proper lip seal.

Forward facial growth helps to create more room for the teeth and tongue, making it possible to achieve a correct lip seal.

Ideal Oral Posture for Resting

Forward facial growth helps to promote the ideal rest posture for the tongue — at the roof of the mouth. An underdeveloped jaw resulting in misaligned teeth, or improper breathing causes the tongue to rest at the bottom of the mouth.

Forward facial growth can also help to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of a recessed maxilla including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Teeth grinding
  • Chewing discomfort
  • Excessive wear of the tooth enamel

Forward Facial Growth in Adults: Does It Work?

Traditionally, it was believed that after reaching a certain age, the bones in our faces became fixed and unresponsive to growth-promoting techniques. But it has been found that even in adulthood, our facial structures possess the potential for growth and changes.

Various facial growth techniques including surgical and non-surgical methods can help to modify the bone structure of the maxilla and support forward facial growth. So if you’re an adult looking to improve your jawline, and achieve a better facial appearance, forward facial growth can work.

How to Promote Forward Facial Growth

There are numerous techniques to achieve forward facial growth. We explain them in detail below. 


Mewing is a technique that helps to promote the proper resting position of the tongue. When the mouth is closed, and at rest, the tongue should rest at the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth.

Source: Jaw Hacks

Mewing can correct jawline issues including an underdeveloped maxilla. This can in turn eliminate bite problems, and prevent TMJ disorder. However, to get the best out of mewing, you must mew properly (learn how to mew properly) and consistently. This is where our Mewing App comes in.

With step-by-step guides and reminders, you can train your tongue to rest properly, improve your jawline, and achieve forward facial growth.

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Neck Curl Exercises

This is like crunches but for the neck. Neck curling exercises can help you achieve forward facial growth. 

To do the exercise, follow these instructions.

  • Lay on your back, and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth
  • Bring your chin to your chest
  • Raise your chest about 2 inches off the ground, but without lifting your stomach

Do 3 sets of 10 reps at the beginning. You can increase the sets or reps as you get comfortable with the exercise.

Collar Bone Back-Up Exercise

You can do this while lying on your back, standing, or seated. Here’s how to do this exercise for forward facial growth.

  • Keep your head at the same level as the floor, then pull your head a few inches back to feel your neck muscles contract and relax
  • Do this for 3 sets of 10, then progress to holding the position for at least 30 seconds
  • Ensure your ear stays over your shoulder

Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters target the muscles underneath the chin. To do this:

  • Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, and behind your front upper teeth
  • Ensure the tongue is pressed hard against the roof
  • Begin to hum, and make vibrating noises to activate your muscles
  • Do this for 3 sets of 15

The Jaw Bone Restorer

This is another exercise for a stronger and more defined jawline.

  • Place your thumbs side by side on the tips of your chin
  • Rest the remaining fingers below your ears
  • Now, drag your thumbs across your jawbone, and stop below each while pressing your chin into your thumbs for resistance
  • Do this ten times 

Sagging Chin Jawline Exercise

This is also called a chin-up exercise. This jawline exercise helps to lift your lower facial muscles.

To do this:

  • Close your mouth, while slowly pushing your jaw forward
  • Lift your lower lips until you feel the muscle in your chin and jaw stretch
  • Hold this position for 10 seconds, then repeat again

Orthognathic Surgery 

This surgery moves the upper jaw (maxilla) and the lower jaw (mandible) into the correction position

This helps to make the jawline more defined, correct bite issues, and improve facial appearance.

Orthodontic Devices

These devices help to position the teeth within the mouth properly. Constant and mild pressure is applied to the gum and jaw to move the teeth into the correct position. As the teeth move, and correct the bad bite (malocclusion), this can help improve the jawline.

Orthodontic devices such as

  • Braces
  • Retainers
  • Space maintainers, and 
  • Aligners

…these devices are frequently used.

Ready to Try Forward Facial Growth?

Forward facial growth can improve desirable facial features of the face. A defined and evenly-balanced jawline is crucial to facial symmetry and appearance. Whether you want to achieve forward facial growth for health or aesthetic reasons, the good news is, you can do so without resorting to surgery.

Facial forward growth techniques such as mewing can help strengthen and improve the jawline by placing the tongue against the roof of the mouth.

If you don’t know how to mew or you find it difficult to mew properly, you can download our Mewing App to serve as your mewing guide. Our app contains mewing techniques to teach you to mew properly and reminds you to mew consistently for optimal results.

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The information provided in this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or a substitute for professional guidance. Mewing and other techniques mentioned on this website may not be suitable for everyone, and individual results may vary. We strongly recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as an orthodontist, dentist, or myofunctional therapist, before starting any new oral or facial exercises, particularly if you have existing dental, orthodontic, or health concerns.
Written by
Yury Nebyshynets
June 27, 2023