Found an old picture of myself from December 22, 2010 on the left. The pic on right is new I just took 9/9/2014. Chewing is increasing my jaw size as you can see in the picture and making new progress with the tongue posture. started using the crane headgear again to see if I can get any change with it.
I just wanted to make a quick blog post since I was browsing and found an old pic.
2010 picture is before I did any work (self-NCR, face pulling, palate expansion)
I used to have more lopsided head shape, could be from birth trauma as I had forceps birth. but my head shape has smoothed out a lot over the years I believe directly from doing self-NCR on myself.
Also the right jaw (my right) is becoming wider and more defined lately from chewing. This is one of the definite changes I noticed in the mirror lately is the right jaw is getting bigger because I’ve been chewing extensively on that side since I I habitually chewed on the left before all my life and my left jaw was always bigger.
But now it seems not only has the right side been catching up but getting wider than the left it seems. I will begin chewing on both sides equally now.
You can see in my before picture how the left jaw is wider. and in my after pic the right side is tad bit wider now…
Cheekbone is getting a bit wider now too, question is how far can we go with this. The wider the skull becomes the less long and narrow. Mike Mew has nice wide & broad structures. They say people that have stronger muscle tone have wider distance between their pupils (center of eyes) in another words people with stronger jaw muscles have wider, shorter faces. Which is always a good thing imo. (so now you may begin to see why muscle tone is so important)
I only started incorporated more chewing like 4-5 months ago?
Next important thing is tongue posture and I didn’t know about proper tongue posture until like a month ago, so that’s another key area I was missing despite all this other work I was doing.
I’ve been reading that the tongue is a muscle and it can change sizes depending on how we use it.
My tongue posture is changing the more I practice back of the tongue techniques,its like I’m getting more and more of the tongue up there on the palate. Is it possible that the more we are using our tongue correctly, for example swallowing correctly but pressing that tongue on the roof, not only will the maxilla expand but our tongue will get bigger too?
Also noticed one thing, when I was half asleep the other day, the front of the tongue had come off the front part of the mouth due to gravity, I was laying on my back, but the back of the tongue seemed to still be “stuck” on the upper palate near the back of the mouth.
Let me know how you guys are doing with the new tongue posture.
Although its only been about 1 month I’m already noticing subtle changes and difference in head posture, more on this later.
Also started using the crane again a month ago, just at night while I sleep which is like 7 hrs a day. Most drs. will say that’s not enough time.
But consider the above appliance used for sleep apnea which is designed to keep your lower jaw forwards to get the tongue out of the airway, my orthodontist Dr. Gibbs was telling me that they have found that over the course of years that appliance had the effect of permanently altering the bite of patients using it. (I think it had the effect of making the lower jaw jut forwards past the top jaw, like creating an under bite)
Its a bad appliance because it may move the lower jaw forward but it will also push the maxilla back, which is making the cause of the problem worse.
My point is, even that mouth piece only worn at night created change in the jaws when worn long enough over course of years, so why couldn’t the crane also accomplish some results after a while?
I’m just not sure how the maxilla will advance forwards. will it take the whole face forwards? or just the mouth part of the maxilla? will it change the cheekline? I will try to go more in depth later on this.
I never gave the crane a fair assessment as I only wore it for like 3 months in the past. Anyway I thought I’d give the crane another shot in the name of science and experiment, if I can get even a subtle change it may offer good testimonial for others because currently I can’t find anything online about it. No before afters of any results.
I was worried about stability before so that’s why I stopped but I’m less worried about it now. As it secures pretty tightly to the neck it feel pretty stable in most sleep positions, its just when tossing and turning/switching positions it won’t be 100% even or stable. But how often are we turning during the night ? I think most of the time we are laying still in one position.
IMO ultimately we want low long term forces to move bone, crane is worn 7 hrs a day for me, but my tongue is in my mouth 24 hours. so if anything it will be getting great tongue posture that will lead to real success… Crane just might help it because at night I’m not sure what’s going on with my tongue.
It’s been a month on the crane and practicing good tongue posture, although subtle results are seen, not enough to rave about just yet