Maxilla - the bone of beauty, or all about our upper jaw - (2023)

What makes our face beautiful? If we analyze the faces of attractive people, then we can notice one pattern – they all have a horizontally developed face, or rather, a wide, locaties forward upper jaw, or the so-called maxilla, which is the key to achieving beauty. How does the maxilla affect our appearance, why its dystrophy occurs, and in what ways you can improve the position of your upper jaw – we will try to figure it out in this article.

What is Maxilla?

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Maxilla (upper jaw) is the second largest bone in the skull after the lower jaw. This is a paired bone. The right and left maxilla form the position of the entire upper jaw. Maxillae are the central bones that protect the contents of the skull from injury. Their meaning is similar to the front of a motorcycle helmet protecting the head. Maxilla acts as a kind of airbag that prevents skull injuries to the front and side.

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How maxilla shapes facial beauty

The upper jaw (maxilla) greatly affects the attractiveness of your face. It closely goes up to the eye sockets and goes quite deep into the skull. The size, shape and location of maxillae directly determine the position of the nose, eyes, cheekbones, palate, upper teeth and even the lower jaw. When you realize the full significance of this important bone, you begin to realize how stupid it is that people only care about aligning the dentition. If you have a severe malocclusion, eyes of different sizes, a deviated nasal septum – this is all a consequence of the displacement of the maxilla. Looking at the following photos, we can see what effect the maxilla has on the position of the cheekbones, eyes and nose.

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Since the maxillae go up to the lower part of the eye sockets, then, being in an elevated, forward position, they literally support the eyeballs. That is why, with a horizontally developed face, the eyes look more attractive and lively, and the skin under them is taut and smoothed. At the same time, a vertically developed face with flat, extended downward maxillae makes the eyes sunken and tired. In addition, the pushed back maxilla blocks the anterior and lower jaw extension, often causing crowding around the canines in the lower arch. And the lower jaw pushed back is always an unattractive sagging chin. Take another look at the photo above!

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When the maxilla is moved forward and upward, it makes the face extremely attractive. The wide, forwarded jaw creates a sophisticated smile. Most people would agree that a big smile is a very attractive trait. For example, let’s take a look at the stunning Natasha Henstridge, known in the films “Maximum Risk” and “Beautiful Donna”, and the hot brunette from the popular Brazilian TV series of the late nineties Eduardo Moskovis. Their smiles are so charming! The same can be said about “the owner of the widest smile of Russian cinema” Liza Boyarskaya and the Russian idol of the generation of two thousand, handsome Danila Kozlovsky.

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At the same time, in all these people, due to the raised maxilla, the distance between their upper lip and their nose is small, their cheekbones are high, which makes the face developed forward three-dimensional. This explains the unsuccessful effect of facelifts with stretched lips in some people – since the skin and soft tissues of the face cover the structure of the facial bones like a canvas 3D-frame, no matter how hard the plastic surgeon tries, he can create his art only within this given “frame”, which in people with vertically developed, elongated maxillae is flattened, and it is not three-dimensional, like in models.

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And, by the way, one more interesting detail – we will talk about the selfie meme of girls with “duck lips” extended forward, which has already become on the Internet. It looks, of course, quite comical at times, but you probably already guessed why they do this – by imitating models, these girls are simply unconsciously trying to reproduce the three-dimensional effect of a horizontally developed, forwarded maxilla!

The tongue as the basis of a beautiful maxilla

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On his charming Russian wife, British doctor Mike Mew (who developed method of horizontal facial growth orthotropics) demonstrates the influence of soft tissues on facial beauty. In this case, the part of the maxilla marked in blue is especially important for achieving attractiveness. The side of the cheekbones is marked in red, the inner part is in blue. Moreover, this is one and the same bone – the maxilla, which is under the application of the force of different muscles. From the side, the chewing muscle acts on it, while the position of the inner part of the maxilla depends… on the position of the tongue!

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The fact is that the development of the upper jaw depends precisely on the strength of the muscles of the tongue – if it is in a physiologically correct position on the upper palate, resting the tip against the palatine recess slightly behind the front teeth, then it pushes the maxilla forward and upward. A weak undeveloped tongue cannot perform this function, and therefore the maxillas fall down.It is the constant pressure of the tongue strenght on the upper palate that creates attractive, forward-developed faces with a wide upper jaw and straight teeth, high cheekbones and a beautiful eye shape with a soft relaxed gaze. The application of the strength of the tongue on the roof of the mouth” – this is what allows the face to develop in a horizontal direction, and not in a vertical downward extension.

How facial dystrophy develops

(Video) How the Tongue & Dental Biting Forces Hold the Upper Jaw/ Maxilla Up & Forward by Dr Mike Mew

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The problem of many modern people is facial dystrophy, which, undoubtedly, can be the result of a birth trauma due to non-physiological childbirth, or even an unsuccessful prenatal presentation of the fetus in the womb. But, as studies show, most often the dystrophy of the upper jaw develops in childhood and adolescence. For example, in the photo above, we can see the horizontally developed short and wide face of a ten-year-old boy, who, by the time he is seventeen, has a flattening and extension of the maxilla downward, with the inevitable backward movement of the lower jaw. Why is this happening?

Proper tongue position and physiologically correct swallowing are critical for maxilla development and are established in infancy. Moreover, breastfeeding, or lack thereof, is key in this process. The fact is that sucking is the very first and most important reflex of survival, which is unconditioned, because no one teaches a child this! Five pairs of cranial nerves are responsible for the sucking reflex, and sucking milk from a mother’s breast is a very difficult job for the entire oral apparatus. Nevertheless, it is she who lays the foundation for the correct position of the tongue and the development of the “adult” type of swallowing. What it is? Try raising the base of your tongue to the palate, resting the tip of your tongue against the recess behind your front teeth, and swallow. Do you feel how much effort is needed for this to be applied to the deep muscles of the tongue and the entire front surface of the neck? This is “adult” swallowing, the foundation of which is laid precisely in the process of sucking on the mother’s breast.

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In addition, the sucking process lays the foundation for the coordinated work of all sphincters in the body. Try to suck a few times with your mouth, and you will immediately feel the perineal sphincters at work. Now you understand that sucking on the mother’s breast is important not only for the development of the oral apparatus, but also lays the foundation for the future physical and psychosexual development of the child. Therefore, dear mothers, if circumstances permit you and you have a choice, breastfeed your babies! Sucking from a bottle, pacifier or nipple leads to the development of an incorrect tongue position, as well as the bad habit of thumb sucking.

This state is reinforced by the lack of a sufficient amount of solid food in modern man. Research by the founder of orthotropics, British doctor John Mew, and his son Mike Mew, who continues this tradition, show that there is no genetic predisposition to facial dystrophy, and it develops under the influence of the environment. To see this, take a look at the photographs of our ancestors – they may serve as the best confirmation of the effect of breastfeeding and what we eat on facial muscle tone and maxilla development. After all, mothers used to always breastfeed their children, and the food was much more hard!

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Don’t be too lazy to google the history in the photographs of the Kuban Cossacks – at the same time, you will also receive photos of Zaporozhye Cossacks, the Mordovian sub-ethnos, Permians, Siberian hunters, as well as Belarusians in national clothes of the beginning of the last century. Looking through all these photos, I found, perhaps, one or two “controversial” faces. But, in general, the structure of the faces of our ancestors was horizontally developed, with the upper jaw and high cheekbones pushed forward (in the lower photo, the soloist of the Kuban Cossack Choir, Ukrainian Marina Golchenko – could not resist not to give a vivid example of the magnificent horizontal development of the face).

The life of modern man has changed dramatically since the days of hunter-gatherers. Since childhood, we eat mostly soft foods, which does not at all contribute to the development of the oral apparatus and facial muscles. Anthropological evidence suggests that the skull of modern humans is more and more elongated, which is supported by research orthotropics. Unfortunately, we cannot trace what the faces of our distant ancestors were, but we can already see a huge difference by comparing the photos of our ancestors of the early twentieth century and our peers. Today’s people are increasingly experiencing facial dystrophy because we live in an unnatural environment that does not encourage facial development that is important for bodily beauty and physical health.

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Ways to move the maxilla up and forward

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For a modern person, not all is lost, despite the unfavorable conditions in which he grew up and lives. Today in the modern world there are several ways to raise and push the maxilla forward, and most of them are associated with the expansion of the upper jaw. We will consider these methods below.

1. Plastic and maxillofacial surgery

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As we have already seen, the shape and position of the upper jaw determines the beauty of the face. She creates such an attractive detail as high cheekbones. However, it is a mistake to believe that placing implants in this area will automatically make the face beautiful, since the position of the maxilla affects almost the entire face – the shape of the eyes, the alignment of the nose, the width and line of the upper jaw. Plastic surgeons really work wonders, but they cannot affect the width of the face and the distance between the eyes. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is another option in this case, but the range of results in this case ranges from impressive to questionable. In addition, one of the complications of such operations can be damage to the facial nerves and loss of sensation. At the same time, depending on the situation, plastic and maxillofacial surgery may actually be necessary.

2. Craniodontics using ALF and Bioblock appliances

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“I reluctantly take away part of the bread from the surgeons,” – somehow said the Russian craniodontist A.O. Savinov, whose work is presented above. Craniodontics not only moves maxilla, but also fix cranial distortions(of all bones of the skull). Craniodontics achieves this using the intraoral devices ALF, Biobloc, AGGA and their modifications, as well as the use of various orthodontic techniques and cranial osteopathy. I would like to add here that if you are looking only for beauty, and your health is all right, pay attention to the methods listed below, since craniodontics is a very deep restructuring of the body, and not everyone can withstand such treatment. Sometimes it is not worth touching the compensations that have been formed in the body for decades, if you can act in much softer ways.

(Video) What is the Normal Position/ Posture of the Upper Jaw/ Maxilla or Palate by Dr Mike Mew

3. Neurocranial restructuring (NCR)

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NeuroCranial Restructuring ™ is one of the latest trends in modern medicine. This method involves manipulating the sphenoid bone behind the maxilla in the middle part of the skull. A special endonasal balloon is introduced through the patient’s nasal cavity, through which “a controlled release of connective tissue is produced to give the skull its original shape”. This method, developed by the American naturopath Dean Howell, perfectly complements the impact on the cranial structures with craniodontics.

4. Plato Power’s method

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American Plato Powers is a very interesting personality who experimented with many methods to balance his face and body. The result presented above is a synthesis of his use of the Biobloc intraoral device expanding the upper jaw and pulling the maxilla forward by means of rods tied to… a baseball helmet, which must be done for half an hour a day. Details of the methodology with photos can be found here – Despite the fact that the method is rather exotic, it gives its results, and there are impressive photos of one of the followers of this method on the Starecta Community on Facebook (Plato balanced the body according to this technique). But despite this, in my opinion, this method of advancing maxillas is suitable only for powerful men with a strong neck or bodybuilders, which is Plato. His story of body balancing with the Starecta method will perhaps appear on the pages of this blog, but within the framework of this article it should be said that although the Starecta splint doesn’t move the maxilla forward, it ensures the physiologically correct position of the tongue and the development of an “adult” type of swallowing.

5. Myofunctional exercises (mewing)

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Myofunctional therapy along with the use of the Biobloc intraoral maxillary enlargement device are the main focus of John and Mike Mew’s orthotropics. And at the same time, myofunctional exercises (mewing) are used as an independent method of horizontal development of the maxilla, both in children and adults. Within the framework of this article, we will not touch on the details of this therapy, but we will definitely consider them in one of the following. In short, these exercises, by strengthening the muscles of the tongue and its increasing pressure on the palate, affect on the maxilla in all directions and produce 3D changes in them. In the photo of the girl presented above, we see how her appearance has radically changed – the distance between her upper lip and nose has decreased, her cheekbones have risen, soft tissue was lifted, her chin has tightened, and her face has generally become more three-dimensional. And you can achieve this too!

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