Many people get BOTOX injected into their Jaw Angle to narrow a wide jaw appearance, or even reduce the harshness / squareness of their jaw angle, by relaxing the masseter m. Square jaw angles or a wide jaw appearance is very common in the Asian population, perhaps due to teeth grinding, TMJ, or maybe genetic. Since teeth grinding creates hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, couldn't someone intentionally chew gum to increase the size, girth, and squareness of their jaw angle ?
Can Someone Intentionally Chew Gum To Increase The Size, Girth, and Squareness Of Their Jaw Angle?
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Botox for narrowing wide jaw, chewing to increase jaw?
Very interesting question. The simple answer is that one could intentionally chew gum to increase the size, girth and squareness of the jaw, but as noted in other answers posted here, one would want to do this symmetrically. The problem I see however is that the constant chewing motion could set you for temporomandibular joint TMJ syndrome. So to solve one perceived problem, one might gain a new problem. (This answer is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ general education only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider for further evaluation of your individual case.)
Creating intentional masseter hypertrophy
Just like any muscle in your body, with repetitive and continuous use it will increase in strength and bulk.
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Can you chew gum to make your jaw more square
The answer is sort of. You'd have to be very specific about how you chewed the gum - same number of chomps on each side, same amount of force, etc., same amount of time each time. It'd be like a workout, and frankly, you're going to have a very sore jaw and mouth. There was a question on here awhile back from a woman who said she chewed gum every day, but only on one side of her mouth, and her face showed some serious signs of asymmetry that she wanted to correct. So yes, working out your jaw muscle is possible. Working it out and making it look good, even, and symmetrical, probably not.
Chewing to increase bulk of the masseter muscle
The siple answer is yes but there is also a genetic predisposition and anatomic reasons to develop hypertrophy of the masseter muscles. But chewing will keep them large and not chewing will help reduce their bulk.
Botox and masseter muscles
I'm not sure why someone would want to excessively "chew" to increase the size of the masseter muscle as it would be exceedingly taxing on the joints. The masseters aren't the only muscles involved in chewing - the temporalis is also included.
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