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You are already aware of the benefits of regular body exercises, but did you know that exercising is beneficial to your face? A smile constitutes one of the easiest means of transferring your emotions. As such, smiling is a skill that requires mastering and constant improvement over time. By smiling beautifully, you enhance both your professional and personal life. Typically, most people correct dental deficiencies through braces.
Similar to your body, the face has muscles. By performing facial exercises, you can improve your smile, improve skin elasticity, reduce aging grooves and double chins, and perfect your smile. If you are concerned whether your smile is beautiful or whether you need facial workouts, use the following technique to judge this. Use your middle or index finger to measure how wide your smile is. Span you finger across your face if you have a smile that is shorter than the span of your finger, it definitely needs some improvements.
Facial muscle training exercises are grouped into three categories. These are facelift exercises, smile exercises, and mandible strengthening exercises. By performing these exercises, you can add to the improvements associated with the fixing of dental braces.
Category A: Smile Exercises
This group involves the repetitive voluntary smiles aimed at exercising the action muscles of your face. Movements involved targeting the retraction and elevation muscles of the oral cavity. The goal of this methods is to take your facial muscles through their entire range of operations while in a standing or sitting position and with the help of a mirror. To strengthen these muscles naturally, you need to use your fingers as weights during the exercises.
Category B: Face Lift Exercises
Facial sagging, an effaced lip contour, and a deepened nasal labial fold results from the loss of facial muscle tone. Toning of facial muscles requires that you perform these exercises after performing exercises in Category A. Facelift exercises work by toning and conditioning muscles that end at the edge of the nose, the back and front of the upper lip. Results of these exercises are evident after consistent practice for a period of between 3 and 5 months.
Category C: Mandible Strengthening Exercises
In order to maintain your facial harmony, focus your efforts on muscles that perform lifting motions. These activities help reduce double chins and aging grooves on the lower part of your face. Our orthodontist recommends mandible-strengthening exercises as they engage most of your facial muscles. Below is a highlight of the various exercises that belong to these categories.
Exercise # 1: Incremental Exercise
Rather simple and straightforward, this incremental exercise targets muscles that control how you smile.
Sit or stand in front of a mirror with your face and lips relaxed.
Stretch your mouth’s corner to the sides without opening the lips and hold for 10 seconds.
While expanding your mouth laterally, part the lips to expose the edge of your teeth and hold for 10 seconds.
Continue stretching laterally to expose half of your teeth and hold for 10 seconds.
Now smile as wide as you can, showing all of your teeth and hold for 10 seconds.
Redo steps 3, 2, and 1 while gradually reversing your smile.
Practice some more while using the index fingers to stretch your mouth’s corner to create different types of smiles.
Exercise # 2: Fish Face
This exercise tones and stretches your neck muscles making the cheeks less flabby adding a touch of sleekness to your facial muscles.
Begin by sucking your lips and cheeks inwards to replicate a fish face.
While holding the fish face, smile.
Relax and do it again.
Exercise # 3: Chin Lock
Practicing with this exercise shapes and tones your jaw line and facial muscles. The chin lock is a very effective exercise for getting rid of double chins.
Sit down in yoga’s Lotus position.
Inhale deeply while resting your hands on the knees.
Lift your shoulders up and bend forwards.
Close your food pipe by firmly pressing the chin against your chest and between your collarbones.
Now hold your breath as long as you can. Relax and practice some more.
Exercise # 4: The Neck Roll
Suitable for people with double chins, the neck roll exercise is effective for getting rid of a double chin. It works by toning your jawline, neck, and chin muscles. The neck roll tightens the skin of the neck, eliminates wrinkles, and reduces sagging of your skin.
Begin by sitting in a comfortable location with your head facing forward.
Then, bend your head towards the side lining up with your chin and rotate the head in a circular motion.
While performing this exercise keep your spine straight and shoulders down. Make circular rotation in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions for several minutes.
Repeat as often as possible for best results.
Exercise # 5: Silly Rabbit
With this exercise, you get to tone the cheek muscles while enhancing your smile’s flexibility and control. For this exercise, a mirror is optional. Here is the procedure for the silly rabbit.
Smile as wide as you possibly can, aim for an ear-to-ear grin.
Then, wiggle your nose until your cheek muscles engage with the smile.
Maintain the pose for 5 seconds.
Repeat steps 1 to 3 for 10 times.
If you need to achieve the benefits of facial exercises, stick to these exercises twice daily, no more, no less. Remember that with facial exercises, less is more. Overworking your facial muscles can cause tautness of the face, give you a tired look rather than a plump, youthful glow that diminishes the sparkle of your smile. By consistently sticking to this plan, you should begin to notice improvements within a few weeks.
Gluck Orthodontics focuses on the health and appearance of your teeth and face to give you a naturally dazzling smile. So if you are looking for that stunning, striking, and awesome smile, visit our Nashville-based office for an appointment with our excellently qualified orthodontist. We are more than glad to be of assistance on your quest for the ultimate smile.
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Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.