Mewing With Retainers: How to Mew With Retainer Correctly

Retainers are important for maintaining the proper alignment of your teeth, just like mewing helps with your jawline and facial bones.
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Mewing With Retainers: How to Mew With Retainer Correctly
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It can be quite frustrating to continue wearing a device even after having your braces. But you're eager to keep up with mewing, right? Training yourself to maintain proper tongue posture is crucial to prevent any potential relapses after you remove your retainer. 

So, keep up the mewing practice, and you'll be in for the amazing mewing before and after transformations, and a confident smile. 

Retainers are important for maintaining the proper alignment of your teeth, just like mewing helps with your jawline and facial bones. The thing is, mewing while wearing retainers at the same time can be a little hard for some people. 

Whether you're new to what mewing is or you're simply wondering how to mew properly with a retainer, we've got you covered!

In this article, you will learn:

  • Purpose of retainers 
  • Is it possible to do mewing with retainers
  • And finally, how to mew with retainer

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Why Do You Need to Wear Retainers? 

Before you jump to “Can I mew with retainers”, let's discuss the purpose of wearing a retainer after having Invisalign or braces. 

Retainers are like a preventive cover for your teeth, making sure they don't go back to their old positions.

Here's how retainers work: your dental specialist takes a mold of your mouth and creates a custom retainer to keep your teeth perfectly aligned. However, the retainer does more than preventing your teeth from going back into the old position! 

This post-orthodontics device helps in:

Your teeth sit in the alveolar bone, also known as the jaw bone that makes up your teeth pockets. The alveolar bone has the highest remodeling rate when you compare it to the rest of your body. However, it still needs at least a year to adapt to your new tooth positions. 

During this period, you might have some temporary holes in your jaw but don't worry, it'll harden around your new teeth spots. The bone needs to be resorbed from one side and then deposited from another side to lock your teeth securely into their fresh, perfect spots.

That’s precisely what retainers help you with – ensuring your teeth stay in the correct position. And when you combine mewing tongue posture with retainers, it trains you to avoid relapsing after you take off your retainers. 

Mewing with Retainers: Can You Wear Retainers while Mewing?

Mewing is all about correcting your oral posture including your tongue, teeth, and lips position to improve your facial features. You can see that the benefits of mewing go from helping you fix your oral issues to fixing your facial asymmetry and teeth alignment. 

However, combining orthodontics and mewing at the same time can be quite challenging if you’re just starting out. We recommend you go through an absolute mewing tongue posture guide first for better understanding. 

Perfecting your mewing technique takes time, and adding orthodontic appliances can make it more complex. Post-braces, your teeth are vulnerable, so caution is key while mewing.

Nevertheless, you can still mew while wearing retainers “IF” you’re doing it correctly and are mindful of teeth positioning.

Once you start mewing, be careful not to hastily remove your retainers. Follow your orthodontist's instructions and find ways to work around any obstacles when mewing. 

So for the question, “Can you wear retainers while mewing” – Yes, you definitely can!

With patience and care, mewing can complement orthodontic treatments like retainers and lead to great results. 

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How to Mew with Retainer

Now comes the most important question, “How to mew with a retainer”?

Can you mew with a retainer?
Can you mew with a retainer?

As we discussed before, retainers are super important in keeping your teeth from shifting back. But wearing it only at night and mewing during the day can cause some trouble. 

When you push your teeth forward while mewing, it clashes with what the retainer is trying to do, and that could lead to long-term damage and mess up bone deposition.

This is why you need to tweak your mewing technique a bit – try not to push on your actual teeth. You want them to stay put, right? So, focus on horizontal tongue squishing and make sure your tongue only touches the top of your mouth. Dr. Mew also suggests not to practice hard mewing while wearing retainers. Let the retainer do its thing while still helping your face grow forward and up.

With this modified mewing, you're not only working with the retainer but also fixing your posture and boosting forward growth

Once you take your retainer out for good, you'll be all set with a correct mewing tongue posture. 

What to Do if You Don’t Have Enough Tongue Space with a Retainer?

If you find that there isn't enough tongue space to mew with your retainer, don't worry; there's a solution. Consider an MSE palate expander to create more space. After the treatment, you can continue using your retainer as planned. It's all about finding the right approach to make mewing and your orthodontic treatment a success!

Checklist to Remember when You’re Mewing with Retainers

Here are three things to remember while you’re all set to mew with your retainers on:

  • DO NOT push on front teeth to maintain their position.
  • DO lightly press the entire tongue against the roof of the mouth to create upward force.
  • DO gently push on the palate and avoid hard mewing or forceful mewing at all costs.

How to Mew with Essix Retainer?

Removable Essix Retainers 
Removable Essix Retainers 

An Essix retainer is a clear retainer that snaps onto your teeth, resembling an Invisalign aligner. It's great for mewing because it doesn't obstruct your tongue. You can mew normally with this retainer, and it even alerts you if your tongue gets too close to your front teeth.

How to Do Mewing with Hawley Retainer?

Hawley retainers 
Hawley retainers 

A Hawley retainer is not suitable for mewing because it occupies tongue space on the upper palate. If you have a Hawley retainer, consider requesting an Essix retainer or a fixed retainer from your orthodontist/dentist.

How to Do Mewing with Fixed Retainers?

A fixed retainer locks only the front 4 or 6 teeth, as suggested appropriately by your orthodontist. It avoids soft tissue damage, unlike other fixed retainers, but its failure rate is slightly higher due to not covering all teeth.

Fixed retainers 
Fixed retainers 

Mewing with a fixed retainer is easy because it takes up minimal space and doesn't lock your back teeth. However, your mewing technique must be near perfection to prevent your palate from becoming smaller. Be prepared to put in the effort to maintain proper tongue posture.

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FAQs – Mewing with Retainers 

Which is the best retainer for mewing?

The ideal retainer choice should be determined by your doctor, as they know your unique needs best. However, for mewing purposes, fixed retainers are often recommended. They only lock the front teeth, avoiding potential tooth movement caused by switching between mewing and removable retainers daily. 

Can Mewing replace retainers?

We don’t recommend replacing your retainers with mewing. To make your braces get the best results for you, it’s best you wear a retainer for the full duration.

Should I remove my retainers while mewing?

Your ligaments and muscles are used to your old teeth position. If you take out your retainer, they might want to pull your teeth back to their old ways. 

So precisely, you shouldn’t be removing your retainers while mewing. In fact, you can mew and wear retainers at the same time. That's what our mewing retainers guide is for! 

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
August 18, 2023