Great facial development is achieved with the tropic premise, in a nutshell the most important factor is the resting position of the tongue on the palate.
When the maxilla goes forwards and tongue posture is corrected, facial beauty becomes actualized.
The forward maxilla also creates the exquisite smile
What creates Julia Robert’s great smile?
One thing everyone can recognize is the wide palate, most people will agree that a wide palate or wide smile is an attractive trait.
Above is what is referred to as the lip line, where the lip is in relation to teeth & gums during a smile. Julia seems to have the perfect lip line. When she smiles big, the lip goes up to the line where the teeth extrude from the gums, showing the whole teeth but the lips are still covering the gums. People also note that this is also important for beautiful smile.
However what most people don’t realize is that all of the above traits of an attractive smile is a consequence of having forward placed maxilla.
So we should not be focused on straightening teeth in children.
The focus should be, How to get the jaws to develop forwards.
This is operating at the level of cause, Not Effect.
When the cause is treated, the various other symptoms (effect) take care of themselves.
Notice how the gummy smile is reduced by removable appliance that expands the palate which encourages forward development of the jaw as well as correcting oral posture.
After extraction orthodontics I too showed too much gums when I smiled big, that has been resolved now as I expanded my palate, reopened the bicuspid spaces, and brought the teeth forwards as well as oral posture training. We want the jaws and teeth to come forwards for great smile, if they are down and back, the gums begins to show during a smile.
Straightening teeth for the sake of aligning the dental arch ignorant because at the end of the day the patients want a nice smile and an attractive face like Julia Roberts.
“My approach changed from just straightening teeth to helping children grow their jaws.” -Dr. Simon Wong
It goes without saying that the big difference in airway space makes a big difference in health. Moving the jaws forward is the only authentic cure for sleep apnea (treating the cause not symptom).
Notice the difference in the actual bone of the palate itself, how the palate arch came down and became more flat. This occurs as you expand with appliances and then tongue posture will take over and continue to change the bone. High palate is therefore a narrow palate caused by leaving the tongue low in the mouth at rest.
“It wasn’t until I started practicing Biobloc Orthotropics that I truly realised how significant a change was possible.” -Dr. Simon Wong
In children we see the most drastic changes occur quite rapidly because they are still growing, it gives us a good opportunity to see just how significant oral posture and jaw shape & placement can make on a face.
Within the Tropic Premise lies the answers to what makes a face attractive and healthy.
In 1 year there is significant difference in the jaw line, not only will the face turn out much better in looks as these children continue to grow into adults but the airway will be optimal. These are life changing results.
The Tropic Premise breaks down facial beauty as an science…
The Tropic Premise has the understanding that many facial features are at the effect of the soft tissues, thus every attractive or unattractive feature has its origin rooted in the person’s resting oral posture, oral function & muscle tone.
Does this mean there is no genetic predisposition towards attractive or ugly? Looking at our parents or grand parents may not serve as the best indicators of genetic vs. environment effect on the face as human life was already greatly altered by then from the hunter & gatherer days. Anthropology evidence suggests that the face is lengthening and becoming less broad which backs up the Tropic Premise.
This means we are lacking the reference of how a face is supposed to develop because we look to our parent and to our peers and all of us has had some cranial dystrophy, because we are all living in unnatural environments which normalizes our abnormal conditions.
Mike Mew illustrated in the above picture which soft tissues affect all the different bits of the face.
They are all important for aesthetics, but the front cheekbone in blue is particularly important for facial beauty. The red is the side cheekbones and the blue is the front cheekbones, It is the same bone but under the effect of different muscle. The side is affected by the masseter muscle and the front is theorized to be at the effect of the tongue posture.
Here is a girl (Shanina Shaik, Model) with excellent front cheekbones, the blue area. See how that portion bulges out, this is the the tongue resting on the upper palate, pushing everything up and out.
The front cheeks separates the average to above average in looks to the superb (super model) type of look.
“tongue is the seat of facial beauty”
Front Cheeks provide support for the eyes.
Does Shanina have forward developed maxilla? You bet.
All of these attractive traits are not exclusive to each other but inclusive.
The horizontal dimension of the lower jaw indicate great muscle tone (masseter muscle).
Shanina kept her mouth closed, lips sealed and tongue on the roof of her mouth through out childhood to now, holding that maxilla up.
Everything is not predetermined by genetics as popular wisdom tells us. To drive this point further, let’s take a look at 1 transformation that show proof contrary to popular belief that facial beauty can be changed and is at the effect of soft tissues.
There’s quite a lot of changes taking place for the girl above, both jaws were brought forwards and she was taught to keep her mouth closed, tongue on the roof and lips sealed. As the soft tissue was corrected, the bone was affected, particularly the tongue posture, it pushed out and gave rise to the front cheekbones producing a 3D change in the face. Again the eyes changed as well.
It should be noted that one could have short wide face but still lack the front cheekbones, for example Keira Knightley, has the short square face but flat front cheeks, this indicates she rests her tongue low in the mouth even though she has great muscle tone to hold the maxilla up, which saved her relatively good appearance, she is also slightly class III because of it. It is a fine balance between the masseter muscle and tongue posture.
which girl has the better tongue posture?
In Keira’s case, she is mostly muscle tone, you can almost see the outline of her mandible that is pronounced from the strong jaw muscle.
Natalie also has decent muscle tone although not as much as Keira but she’s got the better tongue posture giving her the fuller front cheek bones.
The Short & Wide Facial Structure is the Ideal
We forget that we all started off with short and wide facial proportions as children with wide set eyes and short nose, yet most adults have narrower, longer dimensions.
We equate this effect to consequence of aging or “growing into our adult face” that begun noticeably around puberty. But what if we were only observing the gradual effect of less than ideal oral posture & muscle tone on the face?
It may be more correct to state that Shanina Shaik, Natalie, Kiera simply maintained the short & wide proportions of childhood into adulthood, instead of genetics causing them to grow into this facial shape. The horizontal mandible indicate that they had the muscle tone to keep their mouth closed more than 21 hours a day that means all night long while they are sleeping. Unfortunately the trend is more and more kids are sleeping with their mouth open. One study found that small children in Industrialized countries leave their mouth open a worrying 80% of the time.
The fact is there is only so much skull bone. The surprising thing is that total mass of the skull can remain relatively the same but the shapes can differ greatly. As the face drops down the horizontal and 3D dimensions are sacrificed.
Human body is pretty remarkable, when the mandible expands in growing children, it expands by dis-positional growth, meaning osteoblasts (cells responsible by bone synthesis) begins building bone outer portion of the mandible while osteoclasts (cells responsible for bone breakdown) begins removing bone from the inner portion, thus effectively making the mandible wider gradually.
Now how does the body know to keep the correct thickness of the mandible? There is obviously intelligence guiding these cells, and both osteoblast and osteoclasts are working in unison with information that is shared between them. This is where modern science has taught us that genetics is at play here, laying the blueprint for the body shape, where everything is suppose to go, what shape its suppose to take on, etc.
There is no doubt that genetics do play a role but there is a dynamic relationship with environment at play that most are not aware of which culminates into the final product, the adult human face. Can anyone truly prove genetics play a role in facial beauty?
Genetics or whatever the intelligence that produced our bodies also has compensatory mechanisms. When the jaw is left open and the force of gravity begins to pull the jaws down and back, osteoblast and osteoclast is also at play here responding to the new forces and remodeling the bone accordingly which is taking away the 3D development to increase the vertical dimensions, causing the flat cheekbones. & The mandible remodels into a different shape so it doesn’t impede the airway which is also fascinating.
This suggests that bone remodeling occurs both by genetic and environmental instigation.
To understand how to get better cheekbones is to understand the cause of great cheekbones or lack of.
If you believe the cause is entirely genetics then the only option is cheek implants. & You may run the risk of fiddling with effects and further causing disharmony in the facial balance. Also the problem with these plastic surgeries is that the root problem is never resolved so the face continues to dystrophy (get worse) over time, thus requiring more surgery and soon you are trading in your face for a mask.
However if the cause is environment specifically the environment we have control over which is the long term forces exerted by our soft tissues, then you possibly have more options.
Proper swallowing and Proper Tongue Posture is crucial in developing children. And it seems to also have effects for adults, albeit we’re talking about slow changes as I have observed for me in span of last 6 month, thus it is still very much unclear how far is possible.
One thing to understand, is that at the root of attractive face is the forward placed maxilla and its shape which gives rise to all of the attractive qualities like the full cheek bones. So it is bit misguided to believe putting implants in the cheeks alone will make the person attractive, when the maxilla position & shape has effects on pretty much the whole face like the eyes, nose, dental width, jaw line. Although they say that the top plastic surgeons of the world have figured out science to facial beauty and can externally manipulate all of the facial features to make someone beautiful, in my humble opinion it is still a pale reflection of the true natural beauties like Shanina Shaik that has the optimal bone structure & dimensions. Such things like the facial width and distance between the eyes can not be touched by a plastic surgeon.
Jaw advancement surgery is the other option, yet I have seen very wide spectrum of results with this approach, some impressive and others not so. The impressive ones were mostly very severe cases of cranial dystrophy where the patient became more or less normal looking. Some results I seen out there seems questionable. Some are decent compared to before picture, but the horizontal dimension is still inadequate compared to the more ideal human faces like some of the models have.
Which begs the question how can we really trust a surgeon to determine exactly how far they should take the maxilla forwards? Should they move it up as well? There is just a lot of variable to this to have any comfort in handing over the whole responsibility to 1 man with some credentials. And after surgery the position is pinned, I suppose one would have to remove the pins once the bone heals which I heard is possible. And there’s other complications like severing of the nerves and loss of feeling. Yet it is still an option available to people none the less and its validity will vary depending on individual situation. Just know that there is much different consequences at hand in surgical approaches and great deal of discernment is required.
I’d argue that the tongue is creating change in all directions to produce 3D changes in the shape of the maxilla itself while jaw advancement is a change in 1 direction. With the tongue its almost like its pushing the bone out in all direction from the inside. This is an effect that mere jaw surgery cannot reproduce. This could explain why you see the big change in facial appearance and the jaw only came forward mere millimeters, because there is change happening in other directions.
also relapse from surgery is 60% and higher, because again the root cause has to be addressed which is the Tropic Premise. Mouth shut and tongue on the roof with lips sealed.
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