Should Your Teeth Touch When Resting & Mewing?

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Should Your Teeth Touch When Resting & Mewing?
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You’re probably checking if your teeth are touching right now while your mouth is closed. If it is, you’re not alone. Most of us tend to lock our jaws when we close our mouths. 

This makes the top teeth and bottom teeth touch each other.

Should Your Teeth Touch When Resting & Mewing?

But, is this the proper position of the teeth? 

It’s vital to maintain the natural resting position of the teeth when the mouth is closed. A continuous improper rest position of the teeth can lead to numerous issues including teeth misalignment, gum problems, headaches, muscle pain, and jaw pain.

In this post, you’ll learn how your teeth should rest, and what to do if you have teeth misalignment (your teeth not resting properly).

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What Is a Natural Teeth Resting Position?

Your teeth shouldn’t be touching when your mouth is closed. This may come as a surprise, but except when you’re chewing or swallowing, your teeth shouldn’t touch. If you have noticed, when you smile, laugh, talk, or scream, your teeth don’t touch each other. 

It should be the same when your mouth is closed.

Healthy teeth position

What does it mean for teeth to be resting?

When your mouth is closed and your jaw at rest, your teeth should be resting too without touching or clenched together. There should be a freeway space between both the top and bottom teeth. This is the natural resting position of the teeth.

To assess if your teeth are resting properly, you should also consider the following.

  • The position of your lips. Your lips should be relaxed, not clenched or forced to close.  If you’re forcing your lips to close, your teeth may be misaligned.
  • If you feel pain or discomfort. There should be no force or clenching efforts.

Where does the tongue naturally rest?

The natural resting position of the tongue is being pressed to the roof of your mouth. The tip of your tongue should as well be touching the roof, not your teeth. Your tongue should be sitting behind your front teeth, but not touching it. 

Any other position is not the natural rest position for the tongue.

When your tongue is resting naturally like this, it’s easy for your teeth to rest properly.

Furthermore, you should also check your jaw – whether you’re not clenching it. There are a lot of causes of jaw clenching, including: 

  • Anxiety and stress. The most common cause
  • Sleep problems like snoring and sleep apnoea 
  • Taking certain medicines, including a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 

While it may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to teeth misalignment – and prevent you from getting the results you desire.

Make sure to avoid clenching your jaw muscles, instead, keep it loose and relaxed

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What’s so Bad About Letting Your Teeth Always Touch?

Your jaw is already working hard when you talk, smile, laugh, or chew. When your mouth is at rest, this is an opportunity for your jaw to relax, and take some pressure off. 

So, if you’re letting your teeth touch even while your mouth is closed, you are putting additional pressure on your jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. This can have damaging consequences on your teeth and jaw health over time.

Tooth Issues

If your teeth always touch, it can lead to excessive tooth wear, including:

  • Flattened molars
  • Chipped teeth
  • Short-looking front teeth

You might also experience localized pain and gum issues. 

Gum Issues

Gum issues such as receding gum may arise if your teeth are always touching, clenched, or ground together. As your gums recede, it may lead to loose teeth and eventually tooth loss. 

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You might also notice that your gums are red, swollen, or inflamed.

Jaw Issues

If your teeth touch when your mouth is closed, it means you’re clenching your jaw. 

By doing this, you put pressure on the jaw joint, which can cause jaw pain, headaches, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. 

Types of Teeth Misalignment

Your teeth are misaligned when it’s not resting naturally as it should be. Teeth clenching, grinding, and TMJ are all contributing factors for teeth misalignment.

Different types of misalignment can occur:

  • Open bite: This is when your top and bottom teeth don’t meet when the jaw is closed 
  • Crossbite: This happens when your top teeth fit inside your bottom teeth
  • Overbite: Your top teeth extend over your bottom teeth
  • Underbite: Your bottom teeth extend over your top teeth
  • Deep bite: Your top teeth cover your bottom teeth excessively
  • Overjet: Your front teeth extend forward over your bottom teeth at an angle
  • Crowding: This occurs when the space of your mouth is too small for your teeth, so your teeth are packed together or crowded
  • Spacing: This occurs when your teeth have too much space

Effects of Misaligned Teeth

When your teeth are misaligned, you may experience difficulties in chewing food properly depending on the type of bite problem. Additionally, it may be difficult to clean the teeth. This can result in cavities and gum diseases.

Teeth misalignment can also ruin your facial appearance… 

For instance, if you have an overbite, it’ll be difficult to close your lips without force or clenching them. This can lead to feelings of insecurity or lack of confidence. Speaking difficulty can also arise as a result of misaligned teeth. A lisp or a functional speech disorder can make it difficult to pronounce one or more consonant sounds.

It’s best to find treatment for teeth misalignment quickly to prevent further complications and improve your oral health, and overall well-being.

How Can I Align My Teeth in the Right Resting Position?

To align your teeth in the right resting position, your teeth have to be in the natural rest state. This includes:

  1. Your lips are together, not forced or clenched
  2. Your tongue pressed to the roof of the mouth, right behind your front teeth, but not touching them
  3. Your teeth are slightly apart, not clenched or ground together.

When your teeth are aligned properly like this, you’ll have a perfect bite, which involves these 3 areas.

  • The front: When your teeth are clenched together, both front teeth at the top and bottom are resting on each other.
  • The Side: From the side, your teeth should sit on each other, so they lock easily. The top teeth should sit on the outside of the bottom teeth
  • The arch: When your mouth is open, the top teeth or bottom are lined up against each other with no spacing in between.

Natural Treatment for Teeth Misalignment

Mewing is a technique that helps to place the tongue in its natural resting place — the roof of the mouth and behind the front teeth, but not touching. The goal of mewing is to correct teeth misalignment and give a more chiseled jawline and facial appearance. 

If you have a bad bite or misaligned teeth, mewing is a safer alternative to surgery. 

When done consistently and properly, it helps correct your teeth' alignment and gives you a better facial appearance. But mewing can be difficult, especially if you’re a total beginner and don’t know how to mew

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Your Bite Changes When Your Teeth Shift

Understand that whenever your teeth shift, your bite changes. 

Your bite is simply how your top and bottom teeth come together, as we have seen in previous sections of this blog. If your teeth move into an improper position, your bite will change, and in turn, will result in teeth, gum, and jaw issues.

When your teeth are aligned properly, you’ll have a perfect bite, a good facial appearance, and great oral health. 

Mewing can help your teeth shift to the proper position, and therefore change your bite favorably. Here are some mewing before and after pictures.


Natural teeth resting position is essential to prevent teeth misalignment and fix misaligned teeth. When your teeth are in a natural rest position, there’s space in between when your mouth is closed. Your teeth shouldn’t be clenched or ground together when your jaw is at rest.

One way of helping your teeth get into a natural position is by putting the tongue in its natural position. Which is at the roof of the mouth, just behind the front teeth.

Mewing is the natural position of the tongue and can help fix teeth misalignment, and give you a more sculpted facial appearance when done correctly. With a comprehensive list of mewing techniques and exercises in our Mewing App, you can restore alignment to your teeth, get a perfect bite, and boost your confidence.

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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