This is a fantastic video by Mike Mew on oral posture practices to drive the maxilla forward & up in the face. The key for change is posture. Good tongue posture & head posture by imagining a string attached to the back of the head pulling you up (this will tuck your chin).
Out of all the things I’ve done including adult palate expansion, face pulling, self-ncr, crane, I have found it was posterior tongue posture that mattered most.
That and muscle tone & next I’m working on is head posture, which I notice allows the tongue to put more force on the maxilla when the head is held up over the shoulders by lifting the occipital (back of the head)
I notice that I continually want to posture my head forwards slightly and tilting the head up. This is all because of the vertically grown face, in order to interface with the world with straight profile I have to tilt my face up to compensate for the fact that the jaws grew down.
When lifting my head with occipital the chin appears more recessed as the jaws get pushed back into the airway and almost like face is looking down. Which really begins to show how much vertical growth has occurred. I’m speculating here but by posturing the head in this way, really helps get that back part of the maxilla down and the posterior tongue to make more contact with it, and when this occurs the tongue is more effective long term force right at the base of the skull right on the soft palate, which is most likely where the greatest change can occur, right from the base / inside of the face. Pushing everything up, forwards and out in 3 Dimensions. And it is pushing the bones out from inside that is the true face lift, that which gives youthing effect.
Have you guys ever seen a cow’s tongue and how thick that posterior tongue is compared to the tip? (some grocers sell the whole tongue) This is all about getting that thickness raised up and that thickness will for sure begin to reshape the bone around it. We know the facial bone remodels around soft tissues by cases of people that got big tumors in the face, which is very grotesque.
By chin tucking your almost forcing that maxilla back into the throat which in this case is what we want because that’s where the tongue volume is, so it can make contact and begin to push.
This combined with strong jaw muscles as well putting opposing long term pressure.
So I look at it as combination of muscles at work here, its the jaw closing muscles squeezing down and tongue pushing up, is almost squeezing the whole maxilla & face as the jaw closing muscle attaches (temporal muscle) all the way to the top of the skull. When you want to squeeze something you need two opposing forces. & when we can get the distance from eye to lips shorter overtime then we are getting somewhere, which will also make the distance between the eye further. This is not only about moving the maxilla but about remodeling its whole shape by the long term forces of the muscles. Almost like your taking two hands and reshaping a clay.
One quick note is that the swallowing practices mentioned by Mike if you do it often will dry out your mouth possibly which isn’t good to do long term, as dry mouth can lead to cavitation near the gum line known as cervical cavity or class 5 cavity. Your teeth need saliva to stay healthy & white as it is saliva that carries the calcium, phosphorus and all the nutrients that get deposited into teeth. (teeth mineralization) Saliva is also nature’s natural anti-germ, good saliva in the mouth means no bad breath. These are things I am learning now as I learn more about improving dental health.
We don’t ever think about the importance of having good, sufficient saliva in the mouth but when you consider the fact that’s how animals keep their mouth clean, saliva is probably the most important thing for our teeth. So be mindful of your saliva and having dry mouth as well.
Good nutrition undoubtedly plays a role in the quality of our saliva. & Keeping the mouth clean when not ingesting foods & not ingesting foods for long long periods, as that can make the saliva too acidic for too long.