Above is pictures of famous Japanese Rock Singer Gackt, he is well known for his flawless facial beauty and singing skills. I am fan of his music. if you get past the hair and make up, what is undeniable is that the man has great facial development, his facial structure is symmetrical, with perfect set of wide dental arch, and well developed jaws and cheekbones. He is an example of face with forward growth. I presume it is this wide dental arch and forward placement of maxilla that dramatically aids in his ability to sing well. Below picture will tell you that the fact is evident that those who have forward growth with well developed jaws will have straight teeth. “When a face develops correctly, it follows that the teeth will be straight. Straight teeth do not create a good-looking face, but a good-looking face will create straight teeth.”-Dr. Mew
When watching him in other Japanese TV shows it is interesting to see that he looks pretty different from most other Japanese men whom tend to have more flatter profile with less developed chin and cheekbones. In my opinion many Japanese tend to have smaller jaws and faces all together where as Caucasians/African Americans & Gackt’s face seems broader (larger?) and more developed in comparison. Anthropology studies are finding out that the human skull is getting smaller each year, the main factor they are theorizing is due to the fact that we are transitioning to a softer diet and therefore we are chewing a lot less than our ancestors.
Forward Growth of Face Related to Alpha Personality?
It is also interesting to note that the guy on the left with less developed jaws has the more introverted personality while Gackt has the undeniable alpha personalities of leadership and dominance as he displays during their social interactions of the show. These differences in social dynamic becomes very apparent now most will attribute this to simply difference in personalities that is dictated by our upbringing or something some of us are innately born with, but are these something we are just born with or are personality traits influenced by our body structure. The Chinese and many Asian cultures attributes the person’s face for their success/fortune in life and/or as good measures of determining the person’s personality & destiny. Maybe those ancient teachings were on to something?
Dr. John Mew will tell you that he has had many of his patients that went from chin having placed far back and down to development them up and forward (from vertical to forward growth) dramatically shifted their social standings in class where the kids went from bottom of class to becoming class leaders or sports team captains.
Can you imagine a man with long, melted face with weak chin and tired eyes able to lead a nation? to lead bunch of soldiers to battle?
A person like Anthony Robbins the motivational speaker is teaching people about confidence and helping people to create mental shifts in the subconscious, but that man has really developed jaws, could he apply the same methods to people with weak jaws with collapsed faces? are the causes to these mental issues rooted just in the mental? or are there physical causes? don’t get me wrong a shift in attitude goes a long way but very often times we frantically attempt to fix symptoms without understanding the causes…to no fault of the people or the teachers, people do the best they can with the knowledge they have available but often times I feel we are in the dark about the real causes. Interesting observations to take notice either way…
Some adults that are pulling the maxilla forward with appliances report similar change in their own behaviors going from introvert to more extrovert, some believe it is because as the maxilla moves forward it creates more space for the nervous system in the skull to function more optimally, perhaps the pituitary gland becomes more active and hormones such as testosterone is increased? Any body builder or roid junkie will tell you that change in testosterone levels are directly linked to increase in aggression and dominance.
According to Joy Moeller, who is leading oral myofunctional therapist,
““There is this condition called failure to thrive in which the child finds it difficult to chew comfortably. Our kids just stop growing like they should. Dr. Karl Nishimura, a DDS from Orange County, California states that if the tongue is not going up to the roof of the mouth when a person swallows; the sphenoid bone does not rotate properly and growth hormones are not being released from the pituitary gland. The whole pumping action of your tongue going up to the roof of your mouth during swallowing (500-1000 times a day), may help to expand the nasal cavity and also stimulate the sphenoid bone to rotate and secrete hormones from the pituitary gland.”
Was Gackt’s Facial Development in his Genetics? Or something else?
If you have been following my blogs, you may begin to learn, as I have, that perhaps the reason for the jaw size difference between the guy on the left in above picture and the Gackt’s well developed jaws is not genetic but environmental.
I am Japanese born but live in the States and when observing Americans versus the Japanese, it seems that relatively Caucasians and African Americans tend to have bigger set of jaws than the Asian counter parts? And Asians are generally stereotyped as having flat faces with jaws that angle downwards.. are these just simply racial characteristics? (genes) or are they caused by difference in environment? (diet?)
Dr. Mike Mew has made the observation that one of his patient was complaining about sore jaw muscles after coming back from vacation to Denmark because of all the hard foods over there particularly their hard brown Danish bread. This story by his patient got Dr. Mike Mew thinking about a time he was studying in Denmark and noticed that the girls over there were prettier than the English. He is willing to bet that it wasn’t the genetics but the hardness of the diet that made the Danish ladies more attractive.
Taking this insightful story into mind, when I look at the typical Japanese diet, I notice that majority of Japanese foods is very soft. Japanese people are very conscious about eating delicious meals, and I have to give them a lot of respect and credit for that as I feel Japanese food and culture around it is one of top in the world however this is leading to them finding more and more tender foods, for example a piece of steak is considered very high quality if it is sooo tender that it “melts in the mouth” a popular term to describe good meat in Japan. Also a Japanese will have cooked white rice with every meal which is soft and actually pretty filling to the appetite. For a fact, cooked white rice requires a lot less chewing than say a hard / chewy bread. Not to mention all of the noodle dishes that is normal everyday Japanese diet such as ramen, soba, udon, yakisoba. and plenty of other dishes I can keep going on that is soft, (niku jaga, okonomoyaki, takoyaki, oden, curry rice) actually its hard for me to think of any Japanese food that is tough to chew. Again there is strong emphasis placed on soft foods.
Perhaps on average Americans are still better off than the Japanese because they don’t eat the rice and noodles but eat bread that is more hard or chewy and may require more mastication, things like pizza crusts for example. Mashed potato is quite soft however…
There is great anthropological evidence that suggests that crooked teeth went on the rise when man transitioned to agriculture society from hunter and gatherer lifestyles. Basically the introduction of cooked carbohydrates to the diet which is soft, Compared to before as you can imagine people did a lot more chewing on fibrous plants or big piece of meat… One can argue though that introduction of agriculture meant that people began to live off of cooked grains or root vegetables only so there was more nutritional deficiency. However this doesn’t explain the fact that crooked teeth now in population is worse now more than ever and people have access to highly nutritious foods compared to the past.
Gackt’s early childhood hold answers to his facial development?
If we take on the notion that proper development of jaws and teeth are due to our mastication efforts as children, then how was Gackt’s jaws able to develop so well as an Japanese that must have been raised on cooked white rice?
I have seen interviews of him in which he has briefly explained that he was actually born in Okinawa and he hated sweats (sugar) as a kid.
Okinawa is considered Japan but it is an separate island that is only accessible by 2 and half hour flight from mainland Japan. So this place is known for its special island culture that is secluded and able to still keep some of its indigenous culture.
Below was taken directly from Wikipedia Okinawa Diet
“The traditional diet of the islanders contains 30% green and yellow vegetables. Although the traditional Japanese diet usually includes large quantities of rice, the traditional Okinawa diet consists of smaller quantities of rice; instead the staple was the sweet potato. The Okinawan diet has only 30% of the sugar and 15% of the grains of the average Japanese dietary intake.”
“the daily diet was mainly plant based”
So it may be true that Okinawa people eat less soft carbs compared to the common Japanese and they therefore are chewing more.
Also hating sweets as a kid means the child will more likely to eat some fruit or real food to satiate the appetite whereas if the kid loves sweets most sweets are very soft and ruin appetite leading to eating less of real food that requires real chewing. An orange or an apple will require a lot more chewing than slice of cake.
There was another interesting, humorous story told by Gackt about how he chipped his teeth, this is a story of when he is already an adult but still provide insight into his usage of jaw muscles. He was snowboarding and took a very bad fall on the jump and hit his face in the snow. All of the audience assumed that he chipped his tooth right then and there but Gackt continued to explain that he got on the chairlift and was angry over the fall and was clenching his teeth mulling over the jump, and then he heard a crack, and the teeth chipped. Laughter from audience ensued at the strange sequence events and the paradox of it. Looking at this story from Orthotropic point of view, still the connection can be made that good looks go with strong jaw muscles or good muscle tone. Here is a man that clearly engages his jaw muscles in life and Dr. Mike Mew will tell you to get a good looking face one needs proper oral posture and good muscle tone.(hard diet)If one is lost, the person will still be okay..although not ideal, however if both are lost the head heads south and melts away.
Dr. Mike Mew when viewing pictures of celebrities whom are considered by public to be very good looking, still points out their flaws in facial structure and points out many of them are keeping their tongue too low in the mouth but many times their faces are saved by the fact that they have good muscle tone, “these celebrities grit their teeth through life” Things like confidence and drive for success may lead to engaging jaw muscles or to clench the teeth and tendencies/habits like this may be factor in keeping a good facial appearance despite lower tongue posture…
One more thing to note about Gackt’s lifestyle is that he stopped eating carbs all together (white rice, bread, noodles,etc) once he started his solo career some 10 years ago. His explanation was that to focus on success he wanted to sacrifice something important to him (if you know the Japanese, white rice is like a lifeline to them lol) and to also to better maintain his weight/physical stature. However it may be true that by getting rid of soft carbs from diet, Gackt would have to eat more fresh fruit/vegetables and meat to fill the appetite and very naturally he will be doing more chewing everyday than rest of the Japanese who’s diets are dominantly white rice or other soft carbs. Although Gackt was already an adult when he made this lifestyle change, it may contribute to him strengthening his jaw muscles further and perhaps improving his facial appearance further if not being able to better keep it up versus the main population that get weaker and weaker jaw muscles with age and softer diet, leading to open mouth postures during sleep or the day, which leads to the maxilla dropping down since there is no support to hold it up from the teeth contact or the tongue, leads to longer, less attractive face as one gets older.
Note many old people are known to have larger noses, which is caused by the maxilla falling down due to weakening of facial muscles, particularly the jaw muscles although lip muscles are important as well in keeping a lip seal and teeth straight, to hold everything in.
Also Dr. John Mew has found that there was tendency for the Korean / Japanese patients have maxilla placed to far back even if the maxilla was wide. This would be due to low tongue posture, and explain the stereotype of Asians having flat faces, however why is the low tongue posture prominent in Korea / Japan? One theory was that the language uses less tongue force against the upper palate. The Japanese accent is flatter and I would agree that there is less tongue usage, maybe less tongue usage leads to inactive tongue that rests at the floor of the mouth instead of the roof, this seems plausible but most likely very difficult to prove. What will still ensure proper development despite language is to educate and train the child the proper tongue rest posture.
What can we do as adults, to help develop the jaws and the face?
“Scientifically it has been proven that muscle and bone will develop to their limits provided there is function.”
There was this question posted on Dr. Mike Mew’s FB page, which I posted about on this blog back in Oct 16, 2012. But it is worth reposting here as I find it totally relevant to this article and even though I read this post back in Oct 16, 2012 (I can’t believe it was already 1 and half year ago), I never understood the true value of strong jaw muscles until recently. I had tried to chew gum here and there but never stuck to it, but recently I have discovered that despite strengthening lip muscles I would notice sometimes my jaws would still fall open during sleep and during the day when less conscious the jaws would come apart and I would loose teeth contact. It wasn’t until very recently that I saw presentation by Dr. John Mew that re-educated me about importance of good muscle tone and I have been diligently increased mastication through out the day, I am beginning to see increased success in keep my mouth closed at rest and during sleep as well as subtle further improvement in facial appearance.
Anyway the post I found back in Oct 16, 2012 is as below:
One guy asked to Dr. Mike Mew “I’ve just listened to an excellent interview you did with Dr. Steven Park. And you talked about Steven Hawkin and stroke patients and cases you’ve had where people were over the age of 14 and was very dedicated to your treatment and got results. So as a 22 year old, if I were to have the correct oral posture and swallowing pattern all of the time, and if I chewed on hard food/gum all day every day for a long period of time, could it have the effect of remodeling my jaws so that they became more horizontal and my lower jaw more square?”
Dr. Mike Mew Answered:
“This should work and I have seen several people that have taken on high stressed job to see the borders of their jaw strengthen and become more pronounced (which is what happens with out a change in the tongue position). I’ve certainly imporved my face and it is the perfect anti aging method. However the catch 22 is that if you have a good arch width you will find it easy and if you do not then it will be harder as it will be uncomfortable to rest with your tongue in the roof of your mouth. If so you will not do it. This is one reason that we expand the upper arches during treatment. Your best bet if to combine this with Oral Myology, literally tongue and lip training and hard chewing, anything from changing to a Paleo diet of tough things to 4hrs a day with two sticks of chewing gum.Try this for the next 5-10 years and you will see some reasonable results. (take some excellent lateral, frontal and 3/4 photos in good light first).”
Strengthening Muscle Tone is one of the primary goal of Orthotropics
Many of you that follow this blog know about the incredible results that Orthotropic cases get, changing kids faces dramatically for the better.
How they get these positive changes in the face is to bring the maxilla up and forward in the face. to put it simply the position of the Maxilla is the key to facial beauty. But where Orthotropic really shines is the final stages that trains the child to keep their mouth shut and strengthens jaw muscles.
As this picture will show.
Above girl had surgery to advance her maxilla forwards, and that is the only thing that changed about her.
Orthotropics with the stage 1 appliance expands the upper palate by expanding 1 mm per week, as the maxilla expands it releases from the rest of skull and comes forward in the face. Also with stage 2 appliance the front teeth is advanced up and forward in the face, creating extreme over jet on purpose. With the stage 3 appliance, there is now flanges that extend to bottom of the mouth that prevents the child from opening their mouths, so it now trains the child to keep their mouth closed 24/7. As the child is forced to keep the mouth closed during the night&day it begins to strengthen the jaw muscles.
So stage 1 + 2 brings the maxilla forward in the face and stage 3 brings the maxilla up by strengthening the jaw muscles and to hold it there.
You can bring the maxilla up and forward in the face using appliances but if the child never strengthens their jaw muscles to keep their mouth closed then that maxilla will fall back and down again after treatment. This is why the stage 3 appliance in Orthotropic is so important and why it produces results far superior to other expansion methods and an expansion result that is stable and does not relapse.
It simply all boil downs to, developing strong jaw muscles.
Below is an example of another Orthotropic case of a Japanese girl. Very interesting and definitive changes are seen. I feel I see a lot of little Asian girls to look more like the girl on the left and I wouldn’t think anything to be wrong with her appearance, and I think the girl on the right is more rare to see and would be considered an especially pretty girl… the change in eyes are very notable.
To all my readers, I encourage you to become conscious of your diet and mastication efforts through out the day, pay attention to how soft most everything we eat now is, the tendency for us to stay away from tough, chewy foods…. if your looking to test the limits of creating positive changes even as adults then try to increase the day to day mastication and see what happens. The process of bone remodeling will take time but it would only make sense that the body knows how to adapt and correct given proper demands and function.
The Law of polarity or opposite of this universe states that if there is a negative then its polar opposite has to automatically be true & possible by definition. People with facial paralysis have adverse negative consequences in the face and if that much negative changes is possible even at a late age then its polar opposite has to be possible. It would deem that if we were to strengthen facial muscles then we must be able to remodel the face towards more positive direction.
Let me know what you notice.