A 44-year-old member asked:
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could chewing on one side of your mouth cause facial asymmetry?

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Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
It might: If you chew solely on one side, you are exercising the muscles on that side more than the other side. Just like if you lifted weights with only your right arm, your right arm would become asymmetrical with your left.
Answered on Sep 24, 2020
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Yes but: You wold have to chew on 1side exclusively, which none of us do. We are all primarily right sided, or left sided, chewers, but not exclusively so. We are all, however, slightly asymmetric, and that' sweat makes our faces interesting. If you have concerns, see Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, or Plastic Surgeon.
Answered on Jul 20, 2016
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Of course: If you chew only on one side of your mouth, the favored side is overused. This results in uneven teeth that twist to one side and muscle hypertrophy resulting in facial asymmetry.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Unilateral masseter hypertrophy...
Aug 30, 2015

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