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3 Types Of Asymmetrical Face

This is my second video from my quarantine hotel in Japan, and today I will be discussing three types of asymmetrical faces. I personally have an interest in correcting my asymmetry. The three classes are 1 (moderate asymmetry), 2 (moderate-to-severe asymmetry), and 3 (very symmetrical). Knowing which class your asymmetry falls into will help guide you to the appropriate solution."

1. Muscle Imbalanced

Class 1 asymmetry is caused by muscle imbalances, particularly in the jaw and chewing muscles. The mandible is the only bone that actively moves in the face, but other bones may move slightly due to connections to other muscles. Imbalanced muscles around the bone can cause asymmetry. To assess muscle asymmetry, close your mouth, relax, and check if the center of your upper and lower teeth align. If they do, but your face is still asymmetrical, it is likely due to muscle asymmetry and can be an easier, moderate asymmetry to fix. It's important to have a balanced chewing pattern by chewing equally on both sides, which is referred to as 50/50.

2. Jaw is sliding

Class two asymmetrical face is characterized by a misaligned jaw. If the center of your upper teeth doesn't line up with the center of your lower teeth when you close your mouth and relax, then your jaw might be sliding to one side. You can determine which side it's sliding to by touching the edge of your lower jaw and the indent spot below it. The solution for class two is to gently reposition the jaw using your fingers. Hook your thumb on the edge of the mandible and place the other hand on your cheekbone at a 45-degree angle. Slowly inhale and press inward without touching your upper and lower teeth. Repeat this exercise 3 to 5 times per day while keeping your spine straight. Note that the movement should be slow and subtle.

3. Jaw is sliding and rotating

The asymmetry face class number three is a complicated type of asymmetry. It is not just sliding, but also rotating and sliding back. This can cause the upper and lower teeth to be misaligned. The mandible bone rotates and slides to either side, making this type of asymmetry more difficult than just sliding (class two). To check for this, you can look for straightness at two spots on the mandible edge and feel for rotation. You can also check the chin angle, but it may be difficult to see. This type of asymmetry often stems from body asymmetry as the jaw tries to balance the body offset. It's important to avoid bad habits that can cause asymmetry, such as carrying a bag on one side or always crossing the same leg. To prevent asymmetry, you should try to balance your body by alternating sides when sleeping, avoiding dominant hand use, and alternating the side you carry the bag on.

In summary there are three types. The first is caused by muscle imbalance, and can be corrected by maintaining a 50/50 balance. Avoid excessive chewing gum as it can lead to overuse of one side of your face. The second type is caused by jaw misalignment, which can be corrected by repositioning your jaw. The third type, the most asymmetrical, is a combination of rotation and sliding, and requires fixing the body asymmetry to fix the face.
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