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In the landscape of facial aesthetics, the definition of the jawline plays a pivotal role in enhancing one’s appearance and symmetry. Amidst the surge of online trends promising a quick fix, “mewing” has emerged as a topic of interest. This method, characterized by adjusting tongue posture to purportedly reshape the jawline, contrasts sharply with the evidence-based approaches practiced in orthodontics. At Walt Orthodontics, we emphasize the importance of professional guidance over viral trends for achieving lasting and safe improvements.

The Science vs. The Trend

While mewing has captured the imagination of many on social media, its effectiveness remains unsupported by robust scientific evidence. The allure of a simple, do-it-yourself solution is understandable, yet the complexities of facial structure and dental health demand a more nuanced approach. Orthodontic treatments, grounded in years of research and clinical practice, offer a reliable path to enhancing jawline aesthetics. Resources such as Healthline provide insights into the effectiveness of professional orthodontic solutions like Invisalign, highlighting the contrast between proven methods and speculative practices like mewing.

Professional Orthodontic Interventions

Orthodontics extends beyond mere teeth straightening; it encompasses comprehensive care that addresses bite issues, facial symmetry, and, indirectly, the jawline’s appearance. Techniques such as braces, clear aligners, and, in specific cases, orthognathic surgery as detailed by Johns Hopkins Medicine, are instrumental in achieving these goals. These interventions are tailored to individual needs, ensuring both aesthetic and functional outcomes.

Addressing TMJ Disorders

The impact of TMJ disorders on the jawline further underscores the need for professional intervention. Misalignment and functional issues stemming from TMJ disorders can affect the jawline’s appearance, as outlined by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Orthodontic treatments that address these disorders not only alleviate symptoms but can also contribute to a more defined jawline.
Mewing vs. Orthodontics: A Comparative Insight
The comparison between mewing and orthodontic treatments brings to light the importance of evidence-based practice. While mewing offers an appealing narrative of self-improvement, orthodontics provides a scientifically validated framework for facial and dental enhancement. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) emphasizes the significance of professional evaluation and treatment planning, ensuring that interventions are both safe and effective.

Conclusion

The quest for a defined jawline, while influenced by social media trends like mewing, is best navigated through professional orthodontic care. The evidence-based approaches offered by orthodontics stand in stark contrast to unverified methods, providing a safe and effective pathway to desired outcomes. For those exploring options to enhance their jawline, Walt Orthodontics remains dedicated to delivering expert care grounded in scientific research and clinical excellence. To learn more about how we can support your goals, we invite you to contact us for a consultation!

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DR. WALT’S DECISION TO BECOME AN ORTHODONTIST WAS INSPIRED BY HIS OWN DIRECT PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.

DR. GROSSMAN STRIVES TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF ORTHODONTIC CARE FOR HER PATIENTS.

Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!