Were the Egyptians a better looking race than us? Look at the sphinx above and look how forward developed the maxilla. Dr. Mike Mew latest presentation lets us in on his latest pursuit which is to try to get the same kind of facial change in adults as he is achieving in kids, from vertical grown face to horizontal. He teams up with patient Zero, Ian, to combine orthotropics with NCR and FaceMax. The goal? to bring that maxilla up and forward in the face. Welcome to the beginning of new frontier in changing adult faces.
Watch latest presentation I found from Dr. Mike Mew
He discusses working with Ian “Patient Zero” combing NCR (Neurocranial Restructuring) with Orthotropics, communicating with Dean Howell of NCR about the FaceMax.
And his experience with getting NCR done on him, also sharing his latest headgear development in attempt to move the maxilla up and forwards in adult & child patients.
The soft tissues affect the hard tissues, meaning its the muscles in the face that determine your skull or facial shape.
Therefore what is most important is our posture & muscle usage. How we keep our tongue in the mouth, How often are we chewing, Are we swallowing properly, do we have good head posture, etc.
The key is to move the whole maxilla up and forward including the back molars, if you do so, this allows the lower jaw to swing up and forward automatically which will create a better face (a different profile one that is more horizontal). With orthotropics you are still limited because you create forward growth by creating an anterior open bite (tipping the front teeth forwards) but the back molars are still touching and in contact. Which is like the wedge of the door that keep the lower jaw from swinging upwards. In some child cases the top back molars are extracted (if they are baby teeth) so that the lower jaw can swing up and forward and then when adult molars erupt they do not erupt as much because now there’s the lower jaw and molars there to prevent it from erupting that much out of the gums, since the patient is in stage 3 appliance and keeping their jaw closed.
See how important it is to have closed mouth posture even during sleep? Many of us that grew up with soft foods never developed our jaw muscles so we hung our mouths open too much during the day and night…
Teeth will continue to erupt if they are not in contact with each other. One dentist took very specialized machine to measure the height of teeth throughout the day and found that after a big meal where the patient had done a lot of chewing the teeth actually intruded and teeth height got smaller, whereas the opposite was true if the patient hung their mouth open during sleep in the morning teeth height was highest.
What I am finding out is the more chewing I do throughout the day by using gum,etc I am able to more and more easily keep my mouth closed and teeth in contact even during sleep.
Bruxism And it’s affect on the lower jaw
-It is interesting to note that there is condition out there called Bruxism where the person has the unconscious habit of grinding and clenching their jaws at night. What’s interesting to note is that these people will develop more wider lower jaw overtime and people get botox injections in the masseter muscles for treatment. What the botox injection does is it paralysis the muscles which weakens the muscles and therefore overtime reduces the size of lower jaw. As you can see in below picture.
These people with extreme usage of jaw muscles, Even though doctors like to claim its only the muscles reducing in size to create the visual changes but just looking at the picture above it seems even the contour of the jaw line seemed to have changed? could only muscles account for that? or are we seeing another example of muscle affecting bones?
I would guess that the change in the muscles actually changed the shape and size of the lower jaw in the above picture.
In these cases muscles weakening made the lower jaw smaller, I would think the opposite would also have to be true that by strengthening the chewing muscles, the lower jaw will become more pronounced, however unfavorable to go to the extent of the left picture especially for women. But then again these people with bruxism is extreme case in which they are using their muscles all night long and with extreme force.
PS: Dr. Mike Mew’s theory on Bruxism is that people have not learned to balance their jaw closing muscles with the tongue on the upper palate.. The upwards pressure of the tongue on upper palate is suppose to balance and counter act with the jaw closing muscles. I do not have bruxism so I cannot test the validity of this, but if this was true then it is the proper treatment for bruxim instead of injecting paralyzing poison in the face which is only temporary solution treating the symptom not the cause. Also by weakening those muscles you run the risk of lengthening the face over time which has the potential of making the face look worse…
Dr. Mike Mew explained that one of the first thing he checks in his new patient is muscle tone. Muscle tone means the patients usage of jaw muscles and is it strong? How he checks this is if they have good length of lower jaw.
So he is saying patient with weak jaw muscles have smaller lower jaws.
Now this could be few combination of reasons why muscle tone affects lower jaw.
- More usage of the muscles could cause the bone to develop further, where the actual stress of the chewing is causing more bone formation to take place.
- the muscles with usage could actually be working to stretch the mandible itself?
- stronger masseter muscles causes the maxilla to go up which allows lower jaw the swing up and forward causing it to seem bigger (even if size did not change)
If you watch below video of Dr. Mike Mew from 5:20 he explains an interesting experiment…
In which scientist manipulated the masseter muscles of primates, did surgery to reattached them in different configuration as to make the masseter muscles stronger and it actually had the affect of causing the mid face to grow up and forwards.
Could this explain why our maxilla is too far down and back in current modernized society compared to the past? because we have weaker masseter muscles hence the face is not being held up and it is dropping down due to muscle weakness??
Where we are today compared to our ancestors…
Not everyone needed braces as kids, however Dr. Mike Mew findings suggest that people’s maxilla can be down and back as much as 10-15 mm before any malocclusion begin to occur. Our ancestors had maxilla’s that were more up and forward than us across the board. Today’s norms that orthodontists use is still a degenerated measurement from the ideal. The maxilla is still too down and back…
Above is Dr. John Mew is demonstrating the fact that our ancestors had better faces, a picture he took when he went on a vacation to Egypt. he drew in the cheek lines with black to show how much further the Sphinx’s maxilla is compared to his. The difference is quite dramatic when viewing at that cheek line.
Above diagram’s green line shows the mesolithic skull measurement, notice the maxilla is a lot further forward than the “norms” we use today which are the McNamara line which is vertical and the Steiner which is actually going backwards.
Above is computer generated picture of the face of our ancestor with those skulls that have the forward maxilla. These faces are very rare in today’s society.
Even Megan Fox had braces as a kid..and Lady GaGa had her wisdom teeth pulled earlier this year.. so how do we know what ideal is anymore it has become the norm to have not enough space for all 32 of our teeth, but it’s not just teeth that is in trouble it is the position of the maxilla that has the major impact on our appearance, when viewing the phenomenon in this way, it might become more obvious that faces shown in the picture above is a rarity
Dr. John Mew Presentation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp61mKhFNcU) @ 22:40
Who was hotter? Queen Nefertiti vs. Cleopatra
Cleo on the left and Nefertiti on the right. Both known for their physical beauty
However Cleo’s sculpture suggests maxilla not as far forward as Nefertiti’s which is causing her nose to be larger and more prominent. Nefertiti also has more cheek bones and more horizontal low jaws.
Cleo was raised in a culture with more roman influence and most likely had access to more roman foods that were soft, as Romans were known for their Roman Nose which is the aquiline nose a sign of maxilla that had dropped down and back but during that time this Roman Nose was an admired quality because only the wealthy had this nose, because they had money to gain access to rich soft foods.
Although above sculpture of Cleo may not be 100% accurate and the sculptor himself could have been heavily influenced by their standards of beauty at the time which was the roman nose, that bust of Cleo is still considered one of the most accurate… I’m not sure if it was made while she was alive?
“There are two famous quotes about Cleo that relate to her looks:
The first one is by Plutarch, a Greek historian who was born around AD 45, about 75 years after she died. In his biography of Mark Anthony he writes this about Cleopatra (and I paraphrase): “Her beauty was not exceptional enough to instantly affect those who saw her, but she had a charming way of conversing, and an invigorating presence. Her sweet voice was as well-modulated as a lyre, and she could speak whichever language she pleased.”
So she was melodic, intelligent, charming and charismatic. But not a jaw-dropping beauty, like Elizabeth Taylor up above.
The other famous quote is by a French philosopher named Blaise Pascal who lived in the 1600s. He had a big nose himself and was certainly familiar with the startling coins showing big-nosed Cleo. He wrote this: “If Cleopatra’s nose had been shorter, the whole face of the world might have been changed.”
This statement has intrigued generations of scholars since, and even the creators of Asterisk refer to it in their own witty way.
|witty nose reference by Julius Caesar in Asterix and Cleopatra|
But Monsieur Pascal knew that in the ancient world – and many periods since – a strong nose showed strength of character. If her nose had been weaker, maybe her character would have been weaker, too. Maybe her strong nose was one of the things that attracted Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, two of the most powerful men in the world, to fall in love with her and marry her.”
Queen Nefertiti as the winner with better facial development
Although many historical references have noted the charm & seductive abilities of Cleopatra especially her voice & language ability , Comparing facial aesthetics alone, Queen Nefertiti is the clear winner. This is mostly I presume has to do with the difference in diet, Nefertiti did not have access to soft Roman diet and had the more tougher ancestral diet of Ancient Egypt, which gave her good muscle tone to keep that maxilla up and forward in the face.