What Makes a Face Attractive? It’s all in the Tongue.

What if having an attractive face isn’t determined solely but genetics, but rather by where your tongue is resting in your mouth? Crazy, I know. What could the location of your tongue possibly have to do with good bone structure? Well, as it turns out, everything.

About a year ago I learned there is such a thing as correct mouth posture (thanks to a random video YouTube recommended to me). When your mouth is at rest, your lips should be together, your top and bottom molars should be touching, and your tongue should be plastered to the roof of your mouth. Until a year ago, I had never given any thought to what my mouth was doing at rest. Little did I know, I was violating all three of the above rules for correct mouth posture, and it was affecting my body and my facial structure. I had been a mouth breather my entire life, and at rest, my mouth was slightly open, my teeth were apart, and my tongue was sitting at the bottom of my mouth. I had no idea being a mouth breather wasn’t normal, I just thought that’s how some people were.

There are two very important reasons to have correct mouth posture:

1, for proper facial development, including straight teeth that don’t need braces.

2, by keeping your mouth closed, this forces you to breathe through your nose, which has important benefits for your body that I will cover in a separate post.

Why Are Some People Mouth Breathers?

We’re supposed to adopt correct oral posture as babies; it’s something babies do naturally. So why do some children become mouth breathers? Allergies, be they food or environmental, which lead to a stuffed up nose and no other choice but to breathe through the mouth. Using sippy cups and pacifiers forces the tongue to rest on the bottom of the mouth. Same with thumb sucking. These promote incorrect mouth postures which then become a chronic habit.  Another theory I came across is that because our diet has become so soft, we’re not using our jaw muscles to chew our food nearly as much as we used to, leading to weak jaw muscles that aren’t strong enough to keep our mouths shut. There might be something to that, because I can keep my mouth closed during the day by consciously thinking about it, but my mouth still falls open when I’m sleeping.

Mouth Breathing and Its Effects on Facial Structure

Below are examples of children who had incorrect oral posture from mouth breathing and you can see the dramatic effects it has on facial development. The “after” photos are after establishing correct oral posture through Orthotropic treatment.

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What Makes a Face Attractive?

So, how does mouth posture shape our faces? And if we analyze the faces of attractive people, what specifically makes them good-looking? The key is the maxilla, aka the upper jaw bone, and how far forward in the face it is. If mouth posture is correct, the constant force of the tongue on the roof of the mouth pushes the maxilla forwards, creating attractive, wide faces with straight teeth, prominent cheekbones, and eyes that look present and awake and not sunken. The force of the tongue on the roof of the mouth is what guides the face to grow horizontally instead of vertically.


The Maxilla.


Before and after correct mouth posture is established through orthotropic treatment-note how when the maxilla comes forwards, the face widens.

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Katy Perry vs. Candice Swanepoel: who do you think has better mouth posture?

How the Tongue Shapes the Maxilla

The maxilla, or upper jaw (highlighted in green on the skull above) doesn’t just anchor the top set of teeth, it’s also where the sinus cavity, cheekbones, and part of the eye sockets are. When your tongue is on the roof of your mouth, it’s applying pressure to the maxilla, supporting its forward horizontal growth and preventing it from sinking back in your skull. When the maxilla moves forward, it’s also bringing forward all those other parts of the face attached to it, like the eyes and cheekbones, and widening the sinuses, creating more room to breathe. It’s crazy to think that the tongue could be strong enough to cause such dramatic changes in bone structure. But this is Wolff’s Law at work: Wolff’s Law states that bone grows and remodels in response to the forces that are placed upon it.

If the tongue is resting on the floor of the mouth, as it must in order to mouth breathe, the cheek muscles compress the dental arches from the sides since the tongue is not providing a counterbalance on the roof of the mouth. This squishes the face inwards and makes it long and narrow, and also causes crowding of teeth. In addition, with the mouth open and tongue on the bottom, the lower jaw automatically hangs down and backwards. A perfect visual explanation of this is the photos below. This is the same boy, before and after developing an allergy to a pet hamster which blocked his nose and forced him to breathe through his mouth.


Changing My Own Face

After recognizing my own facial structure in some of the above mouth breather pictures, and seeing that change was possible, I started a personal experiment. I shut my mouth, kept my teeth together, and plastered my tongue to the roof of my mouth. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting my face to change that much. I had read that it’s harder as an adult than as a child to see as dramatic results because our bones aren’t as malleable. But I was still curious if anything would happen, and I’ve taken pictures of my face every month or so for the past year from different angles. My results are only from changing my mouth posture; there are additional exercises some people do/some people actually have Orthotropic treatment done. My face has changed quite a bit in the last year and seems to still be changing. See below pictures.

If you are self conscious about your face, as I was, a simple change in mouth posture could make a huge difference. I have seen pretty dramatic results in my own face from when I started a year ago in terms of my maxilla coming forwards, and with it my cheekbones and eyes (which look less sleepy and more alert). My lower jaw has come forwards because it isn’t forced down and backwards from my tongue sitting in the bottom of my mouth. I also think my airways in my nose have expanded because it’s easier to breathe through my nose than it was when I first started. Keeping my mouth closed isn’t so hard, but keeping my tongue on the roof of my mouth requires pretty much constant thought. Correct mouth posture still doesn’t come naturally, which makes sense since I am trying to change a 23-year habit. Once I figure out how to keep my mouth closed while I’m sleeping, 24/7, I’m sure the results will be even more dramatic. I might have to try taping my lips closed.

We aren’t necessarily stuck with the face we have: we have the ability to reshape our faces to not only look better, but function better. I believe beauty and health go hand in hand. Having great bone structure and an “attractive face” is important not just for superficial reasons. As a result of proper mouth posture resulting in facial beauty, we breathe through our noses instead of our mouths (which also has a lot of health benefits I will cover in another post), we are able to chew and swallow food properly, and there is literally more room for our brains in our skulls. “Melting Faces” that are long and narrow and have crowded teeth do not occur in traditional hunter-gatherer societies, where people naturally possess wide faces with great bone structure and straight teeth, despite a lack of dental care. Something about the way we live today is disrupting our ability to develop proper mouth posture. But we can start to reclaim our faces by remembering these three simple things: lips together, teeth together, tongue on the roof of your mouth.

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May 2015                              December 2016                      July 2018

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May 2015 – mouth breathing  May 2015 – mouth closed      March 2018

It seems like my nose used to angle slightly to the left which has been corrected with proper mouth posture. My face is also wider, my maxilla has come forwards, and my lips are more symmetrical.

Further reading/watching:

This is an entire blog devoted to adult face remodeling without plastic surgery, and my  number one influence for this topic: http://claimingpower.com/

Article on how mouth breathing affects your overall health and facial structure: http://bit.ly/29MLP09

Orthotropics website :http://orthotropics.com/

Video on “Modern Melting Faces”

Pictures Sources: http://bit.ly/29MLP09, http://bit.ly/29MAY0f, claimingpower.com, http://bit.ly/29SZm48, http://bit.ly/29MAY0f



59 thoughts on “What Makes a Face Attractive? It’s all in the Tongue.

  1. Kirin says:

    I’m a little confused about the proper positioning of the mouth, when you start with your teeth together and you push your tongue to the roof of your mouth does your upper teeth and lower teeth then create a gap because mine does or do you have to clench them together as you have your tongue to the roof of your mouth?
    Thank you.


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Hi, your top and bottom teeth should be touching at the same time your tongue is on the roof of your mouth. If you’re able to start with them touching, then I think you should be able to keep them touching as you gently push your tongue against the roof of your mouth.


  2. B. Ladybug says:

    Awesome article, lots of information! Have you continued to do it/seen any additional changes or experienced any other benefits?


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Thank you! I have been continuing to do the proper mouth posture every day! Your comment actually inspired me to take some current photos and see if I’ve made additional progress since the last photo I posted. Will update the photo collection if so. I would say the biggest benefit from doing this, although superficial, is more confidence in my appearance and face in general.


      1. B. Ladybug says:

        That’s good to hear! I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now and sometimes I have a hard time keeping the back of my tongue on the roof of my mouth, but I guess it’ll get easier with more practice. Also, I’m not sure if this is related, but my teeth will sometimes hurt, however it feels more like that pressure I used to feel when I had braces. Did that ever happen to you? Thank you for posting your progress pictures. Most of the articles or pictures on the web make it seem like noticeable changes are really only possible for children since they’re still growing, but your results are encouraging! Confidence in your appearance/face is a big benefit and is something that I”m hoping to get from this as well.


      2. thehumanunderground says:

        That’s really cool to hear you’ve been doing this too! I struggle with keeping the back of my tongue on the roof of my mouth as well; it’s something I have to consciously think about doing. My teeth don’t really hurt, is your tongue pressing on your teeth maybe? It should be on the roof of your mouth and not really touching your top teeth. Sometimes my jaw will be a little sore if i’m really using a lot of pressure. I feel like the harder your press on the roof of your mouth with your tongue, the more your bones will move, but don’t hurt yourself! I think you will definitely see changes even as an adult if you do this consistently! I saw changes after a couple months and pretty dramatic results after a year. Definitely take pictures to track your progress. Also I moved my blog to hannatomical.wordpress.com and I have better pictures there.


  3. B. Ladybug says:

    I definitely do have to make a conscious effort to keep my tongue on the roof of my mouth, but I guess over time it’ll become easier. I’ve noticed that my tongue presses against my top molars sometimes, but I did go to the dentist recently and the pain could be due to another issue; it hasn’t been hurting lately though, so that’s good! I’ve been trying to press my tongue harder against the roof of my mouth too, and do notice that my jaw can hurt sometimes from that as well. I can’t wait to see my changes after a year! I’ll definitely take pictures! Okay, I’ll be sure to check them out on your new blog site!


  4. Sebastian F. says:

    hey your results are good.. but now try to fix your neck/head posture, which helps u take stronger forces on your palate. chin tucked, chest out and the back of the neck pushing backwards.. That plus the tongue posture will give u even greater results as this article explains http://claimingpower.com/forward-head-posture/#more-11292 Note: if u feel pain in ur throat (like i have) give it a break then do it again. Greets. keep up the good work!

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    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Hi, by maintaining proper mouth posture of keeping my tongue on the roof of my mouth and pushing my tongue against the roof of my mouth, I’ve been able to bring my lower jaw forward because its attached to the tongue and no longer hanging back when my mouth hangs open. I don’t really do anything other than that to my jaw. Hope that makes sense!


  5. radkieding says:

    As for teeth that touch: Here are the possible scenarios :

    1. When your mouth is closed and you are biting / chewing something, your teeth are supposed to touch or occlude.

    2. When at rest position, (or more specifically, in physiologic rest position : the usual position of the mandible when the patient is resting comfortably in the upright position and the condyles are in a neutral unstrained position in the glenoid fossa ) there will be a gap existing between the maxillary (upper) teeth and mandibular (lower) teeth, which also means your teeth will not be touching during such times. We call the distance between the upper and lower teeth the interocclusal distance or freeway space and the space is usually recorded approximately at 2–4 mm.


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      I keep my top and bottom teeth touching basically anytime I’m not speaking or eating. When I’m biting or chewing I just do what feels natural. If you have proper mouth posture, whenever you’re at “rest” (not eating or speaking) there shouldn’t be a gap in between your top and bottom teeth as you are describing in scenario 2. You should feel your top and bottom teeth touch. Hope that makes sense.


  6. Omer says:

    Hello and thanks a lot for the interesting article!

    I just have a question about the way the teeth should touch when you rest – is it just the tip of the top and bottom teeth that should touch as if you make a cheesy smile, or do the top and bottom teeth need to touch as if you clench or bite?
    In other words, do the top and bottom teeth need to sit next to each other, or be one on the top of the other?
    Thanks a lot in advance


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Hi, glad you found the article interesting! The top and bottom teeth should be one on top of the other. Your top and bottom molars should be touching firmly. This should happen pretty naturally if you plaster your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Let me know if you have any more questions!


      1. Omer says:

        Thank you very much for your response. Honestly I still don’t get it, Is clenching my teeth the wrong way to go? Because it feels easier and more natural to raise the tongue to the roof of the mouth when I clenh my teeth rather than put them on top of each other. Maybe I just need to get used to it?

        Thanks again in advance,
        p.s the progress you made between the two photos is awesome


      2. thehumanunderground says:

        Hi Omer, Sorry I’m not sure what you mean by putting them on top of each other versus clenching. Your molars should naturally be on top of each other if the tongue is on the roof of your mouth. I would say that is also “clenching” but there shouldn’t be any tension, like you shouldn’t be biting hard or anything. It should feel like a neutral position with your top molars touching your bottom molars and your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Does that help?


      3. Omer says:

        Hey thank a lot for your reply again I’m sorry if I’m bothering you with this
        I attached a link to a photo of a cheesy smile where the the top teeth are on the top of the bottom teeth:

        This one feels unnatural to do with the tongue at the roof of the mouth (also when my mouth is closed of course)
        The other option is just clenching, like the bottom and top teeth sit inside one another and it feels easier to maintain. Is the latter the right one to do?
        I’m just asking because I’m used to put my teeth in a position where they don’t touch at all.

        Thanks alot again!


      4. thehumanunderground says:

        Hi Omer, no bother at all! I’m happy to help. From the picture you sent, it looks like his top front teeth are resting on TOP of his bottom front teeth; whereas in proper mouth posture the top front teeth should be IN FRONT of the bottom front teeth, tongue on the roof of your mouth and the back molars touching. I would say what you’re describing as clenching is the right way to go. Let me know if that still doesn’t make sense!


      5. Omer says:

        Yeah it makes perfect sense, it’s also much more comfortable to do it as you say and it feels natural
        Thanks again!


  7. Unkown says:

    Hi! I’m 14 y.o. and i don’t have a high nose bridge, will my nose bridge grow taller by doing the proper tongue posture? (sorry for my ugly grammar)


  8. unknown says:

    Hi! I’m 14 years old guy. And i don’t have a high nose bridge, will my nose grow taller doing the proper tongue posture?


  9. Park Ri Chan says:

    Thank you for posting this article. I am thinking about jaw surgery since I have underbite, my face seems flat . no prominent cheekbones yet sharp chin. During my 4 months of doing Tongue posture I see a lot of changes , My Cheekbone is getting more prominent. I am 19 years old and still hoping to have a Class 1 Facial profile, currently I have Class III. This post gives me hope that adults still have chances of remodeling their faces. Anyone who wants to contact me just sent me a message on my email : richteralisonsuarez@gmail.com


  10. amri says:

    Hi, i’m really glad to see the result, all this time, ive always been wondering why i look ugly from the side and why my jawline is really unatractive, then i found a video about mouthbreather then boomm..i just realized that i’ve been a mouthbreather my whloe life and wondering if it’s the cause of all my problem, so 2 days ago i started mewing, but one thing that bother me is that i’m 21, i’m always a bit anxious if it’s not going to work to fix my recessed chin and weak jawline, so how old are you when you start mewing?, and when youre sleepinv how do you manage to keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth?, please answer!!!


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Hi, I was 24 when I started. Mewing might not completely fix your recessed chin or weak jawline but it will definitely improve it! However results happen slowly, it might take a year or two before you see any dramatic changes. but don’t give up!

      My mouth still falls open when i’m asleep, I haven’t really tried anything specific to keep it closed…


      1. amri says:

        Thank you so much, you gave me a hope, fyi maybe i can say i don’t actually have recessed chin, i mean it’s not that bad actually, maybe almost like your chin before you start mewing, and i just don’t like my jawline from the side, it looks really weird and weak, seeing your jawline has improved quite drastically give me hope to have such changes


  11. Janessa says:

    This article is amazing! Your results are incredible, you look gorgeous, and I am now really inspired to try hard at this. I started correct oral posture a few weeks ago, but I had a few questions about your experience 🙂 did you ever forget to keep your tongue on your palate/ teeth together? I try sooo hard to consciously remember throughout the day, but sometimes catch myself forgetting after a short period of time and then I will immediately correct my posture. Did you ONLY keep your teeth together, and tongue on palate? Or any additional exercises like jaw-strengthening? I would love any additional advice, I am greatly striving to have results like you!


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words!! To be honest I still have to be aware of my tongue posture, but it’s now one of those things that I kind of consciously think about throughout my day and it’s always in the back of my mind. My tongue still does not automatically rest on the roof of my mouth unless I think about putting it there. I think the more you do it, the more you will get used to having your mouth closed and it will feel weird when it’s open. Don’t worry too much if you forget every once in a while. I didn’t do any additional exercises but I did try to push my tongue against the roof of my mouth and apply pressure as opposed to it just resting on the roof. Also try to make sure as much of your tongue as possible is on the roof of your mouth as opposed to just the front tip of it. If you have any other questions let me know!


      1. test87 says:

        Never mind, I see it now. Holy moly that is just amazing. 2015 you and 2018 you are completely different people physically. Do you “hard mew,” ie. use force and push with the tongue?


  12. Vik says:

    Hi….this is a great article…i just don’t know if i am mewing correctly…when is your tongue supposed to be verticle and only the tip touching the soft palate or is most of your tongue supposed to touch the hard palate and the back of the tongue slightly touching the soft palate?


    1. thehumanunderground says:

      Hello, as much of your tongue as possible should be on the roof of your mouth. I don’t really worry about which parts of my tongue are on what parts of my palate, as long as it’s as much on the roof of my mouth as possible. The front tip of your tongue should rest right behind your front teeth.


  13. test87 says:

    Did you ever figure out how to keep your mouth closed while sleeping, and if so, did you see accelerated results afterwards? This is definitely hard for me. I can keep my mouth closed all day but it’ll be open when I wake up in the morning.


  14. Schlafapnoe says:

    This is really a great Article, do you mind if we translate/summarize it in german and post it in our clinic blog with your photos? We would also put there a link to your article. What do you think? Please conact me. Thanks.


  15. Clau says:

    Thank You! Now I understand why my profile looks so weird… I wondered why my neck is kinda connected with my face… I couldn’t find right hairstyle to look fine from profile.
    I’m starting from now. I’m obsessed with your pictures before and after and
    I simply love You for sharing such a good information 🙂


  16. Clau says:

    Have You ever seen Neckline Slimmer from tvmarket? I ordered it couple months ago (but direct from china ;))and forgot about this, because I thought that my neck is just too fat. There are two kind of excersise possible- one for the neck, another for chin and jaw.
    I tried today and I can tell I really felt some muscles on my face 🙂


      1. Clau says:

        Hi again!!! I love You more and more… It’s 1.5 month from this time and… I’m still working with my breathing way and using this neckline slimmer. I can see in the mirror face is becoming somehow wider and shorter, but also my friends are saying my nose is smaller, I don’t know how is this possible…. 🙂 Im so happy
        Thank You, I will do comparision photo, but not jet, maybe for new years eve 🙂
        I would buy some gift for you if I could for these informations :-*


  17. Jonny says:

    Ive been doing this for a few months now because of this. I was just wondering how long did it take for you to see a physical change in your side profile (jaw sharper/further out or cheekbones more prominent)?


  18. amri says:

    Hi again, so i’ve been mewing for a month and half now, and i dont know if it’s just a placeebo effect or my jawline had become tighter and sharper then before, i mean it still weak, but not like it used to be, and my question is, when youre mewing, do you keep your tongue on the palate like you’re sucking or swallowing your own tongue or just simply place your tongue on the palate without trying to do any swallow thing?, i hope you understand what i’m trying to say.


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