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Appearances is where most people start their judgement of others, so it should not come as a surprise that many seek out ways to enhance and differentiate themselves from the rest. It has scientific backing too as research tells us that attractiveness is integral to human interaction, and studies show that females prefer males with a more defined and stronger jawline.

If there is one physical part of their face that many men strive to have it would be the fabled chiseled jaw. Strengthening your facial profile and a sign of vigor and masculinity there has been a trend of jawline exercise tools on social media, with customers touting its effectiveness and the benefits that come along, seemingly inevitably due to its usage. But do they work? And what else is there to it than just biting down on a rubber ball?

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Jaw Exercise Tools and Social Media

Sometimes touted as a “non-invasive face-lift” these facial exercise tools claim to tone-up your facial muscles, sharpen that jawline of yours, and even regrow your hair!

The gist of these are that you keep biting down on them whenever you can, and bobs your uncle a brand new jawline appears to replace your old one! They even come with different amounts of resistance so that you can achieve your greek physique quicker. It is through the chewing motion that your masseter muscles at the sides of your face get bigger.

If you had only looked at social media for proof then you better get ready to see very muscular and toned people chomping down on these silicone balls while working out, running, watching T.V., and even gracery shopping. Not only that but posts abound with users comparing their old selves, and touting the benefits that has been brought upon them from simply using the tools.

The thinking behind it is that our ancestors had to develop their teeth earlier in life more than us modern primates, resulting in a smaller, less muscular and defined jawline; it is also why wisdom teeths are moved as their is simply no more space for them. As you work the jaw muscle you induce masseter hypertrophy and so it gets bigger.

Surely there are no downsides to this miracle product, right?

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Behind The Scenes

While you may not think about it constantly and consciously your jaw is already getting a workout from actions like talking and eating – adding more to this can result in tension, popping and clicking of the jaw, headaches, injuring the joint that connects the jaw to the face, and more.

It seems so straightforward to use a jaw exercise tool you may not be aware of the potential injuries and conditions that may come about using it, even if you follow the instructions provided. Another point of contention is that there is no simple to find out what the result is – you may end up looking like a chipmunk.

While you cant modify your facial bone structure you are able to do something about the facial muscles. No matter the affirmations and social media posts touting the effectiveness of the latest and greatest tool your genetics are ultimately what limits you.

The claims of a overall more defined face that come with using a jaw exercise tool are dubious as you are only working on a small mount of masticatory muscles – moving your jaw up and down doesn’t work on, say, your eyebrows.
Wrinkles can also form from jaw exercises as you are constantly stretching them

Those with dental problems are advised to stay away from jaw exercise tools as they may cause more suffering than good.

Some claim to remove the fat specifically from your face, and that is not true. The way fat works is that our circulatory system connects every part of our body to every other part, and fat is released from them bit by bit into the bloodstream as energy; as such, any attempt to do local fat loss ends in failure. 

If you thought there was a muscle running along your jawline then you are mistaken – there is only bone. It is the mandible, and it connects to your skull on both sides just in front and below your ear. There are muscles and they link and control your jawbone that are in the cheeks and neck.

Injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is very likely. It is an area where your lower jaw meets the base of the skull. Unknown to most as one the most complex joints in the human body it can give you lots of trouble if you have stress it too much, have an injury or a degenerative disease like arthritis.

The Temporomandibular Joint

The temporomandibular joint links your upper jaw to your lower jaw and it is positioned slightly above and in front of the ears. While this may not be all that surprising it might be when you find out that it works differently than most other joints, and is in fact one of the powerful in your body.

More like a sliding hinge rather than a joint it lends your jaw the ability to move in ways no other joint can. Its various properties include:

  1. It being a double joint. It is connected to both joints of your head via your jawbone.
  2. Being fused by the jawbone. As your teeth move these two joints must be in a position so that you can actually bite.
  3. Having a disc to cushion against stress.  While it is between the joints there is the possibility of it being out of place which is called internal derangement.
The temporomandibular joint involves the movements of three surfaces; the mandibular fossa and articular tubercle, and the mandible head. These three never come into contact with one another as there is an articular disk separating them.

Three ligaments work to keep the temporomandibular joint steady.

  1. The lateral ligament stops the joint from going backwards.
  2. The Sphenomandibular ligament from the sphenoid spine and connects to the mandible.
  3. The Stylomandibular ligament works with the facial muscles to support the weight of the jaw.

Other Ways to Gain a Chiseled Jawline

So you’ve been directed away by the lights and splendour of jaw exercise tools – but what else is there?

Procedures

Talking to a dentist and dermatologist will let you know the ins and outs getting a more defined jawline. And even if you don’t go through with any of the procedures there are always the free options of chewing gum and mewing.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy involves using strong ultrasound rays on a specific spot of the body so that it produces collagen. This is one way to give definition as the skin is tightened. There are those that report it being painful and not working. Like any treatment your mileage may vary. Non-invasive and non-surgical the effects of ultherapy are supposed to last 18 months. The other factor to consider is that it is expensive.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting freezes fat cells so that they die. FDA approved, it works on the fact that fat cells do not regenerate; through this you can shape any part of your body. It takes a long time to see the results since your body has to metabolize the frozen fat cells.

Radio Frequency

Radio frequency works like ultherapy, but instead of inducing collagen growth it is concentrating heat to a specific spot of the body allowing more blood flow. Not as expensive as ultherapy.

Fillers

Fillers are an easy way to gain more definition to your jawline. The problem is that many use too much of it where only a small amount is necessary. If you are not a fan of needles go elsewhere as the filler needs to be injected by one. While more expensive than other procedures it lasts a lot longer (6 months) and there is no pain with it.

Exercises

Just like any other body part you can exercise to get your neck and face in better condition. Not only will you look better but a host of health benefits come your way from doing these – and you don’t need to purchase some $30 silicon ball.

Exercising your face will not only improve your appearance but will help your health, especially with your neck; your neck muscles being strengthened will inevitably lessen any neck strain and pain you feel.
If you do happen to exercise your jaw muscles too much issues like lockjaw and TMJ disorders can occur. A way to tell if you’re about to hit the limit is your jaw getting tired – take a break to let it recover.

As the front neck muscles are usually neglected this can cause a droopy neck or even hide neck pain. These muscles start from the collar bone and sternum to various parts of the jawbone; if done correctly you will have less neck pain, headaches, and jaw pain – but if you feel pain at any point do not continue as you may not be doing it correctly.

Collar Bone Backups

Collar bone backups can be done seated, standing, or lying down flat on your back.

  1. With your head as straight as possible (use the floor as a guide) bring it back several centimetres so that you feel your throat muscles squeeze and relax.
  2. Start off with 3 sets for 10 reps and slowly more once you feel ready.

Chin-ups

Chin-ups help with your face and chin muscles.

  1. Push your lower jaw and lift your lower lip with your mouth closed. You should be able to feel a muscle stretching in your jawline and under your chin.
  2. Do 3 reps of 15.

Enunciating Vowels

  1. It sounds simple but enunciating vowels can help.
    Open your mouth wide and say the letter “O” and “E”.
  2. Make sure to magnify and amplify these sounds as well as trying not to show your teeth.
  3. Do 3 reps of 15.

The Tongue Twister

  1. The tongue twister can be done seated, standing, or lying down flat on your back. Push your tongue to the roof of your mouth so that it covers as much area as possible.
  2. Make a vibrating sound by humming to actively use the muscles under the chin.
  3. Do 3 sets of 15.

Neck Curl-ups

Neck curl-ups utilize barely-used neck muscles so taking it slow and easy is a must.

  1. Laying on your back press your tongue to the rood of your mouth.
  2. Lift your chin and try to bring it to your chest.
  3. Slowly lower your head and repeat the process.

Here are some other jaw exercises:

  • Sitting in a chair with back erect and looking straight forward you drop your jaw down as much as you can. Hold it there for 20 seconds, then return. Do this about 20 times daily.
  • Sit down with your back straight. Clench your teeth tightly and smile while doing it. Do this twice in 10 repetitions.
  • Look up and put your chin out while kissing the air. Exaggerate the kiss so you feel the entire lower-half of your face tense up. Repeat this around 15 times. You should feel pressure in your neck and jawline afterwards.
  • Try to get your tongue as close to your nose as you can. This exercise targets the muscles around the mouth.
  • Lie on the floor with your tongue pressed on the roof of your mouth. Next, bring your chin to your chest and lift your head off the ground (about 2 inches or so). Do 3 sets of this for 10 repetitions.
  • An easy exercise to getting a better jawline is to wiggle your jaw side to side for 10 minutes at a time. After that you should rest it and avoid anything strenuous like nail-biting and clenching as they may bring about future jaw issues.

Chewing Gum

A simple way to achieve a better jawline is by chewing gum. Not only can it work out the muscles concerned, but it keeps your breath smelling nice, and is also a great stress reliever! But no ordinary gum will do the trick – you need one that will last as long as you can chew.

Mewing

Something less talked about and equally important as exercises and tools is tongue posture also known as “mewing”. Proper tongue position lets your jawline develop properly. Mewing is using your tongue to exercise rather than using jaw exercises and tools to improve your jaw appearance. It is the act of positioning your tongue correctly by relaxing it and pushing its entirety to the roof of your mouth.

Massage

While exercising is important to your jaw muscles massaging them is equally as important. Increased blood circulation and stimulating your face muscles equals enhanced skin tone and condition, and facial definition.

Good Posture

Good posture is key to redefining your jawline even if it seems not connected. As you correct your posture your jaw joints and others will be able move and function naturally and correctly.

Conclusion

Social media posts abound of those with jawlines defined and its miraculous features driving many to seek out ways to attain one. The advent of jaw exercise tools has made it look like anyone can attain the Greek god-like appearance that many tout as a sign of vigor and masculinity.

Plastic surgery is more able to help men achieve their desired appearance through painless, though pricey, procedures that may or may not be conducted by someone qualified.

There are also free alternatives such as jaw exercises that can be done at your own leisure that do take longer but achieve the same, if not better, results.

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