Is Thumbpulling Dangerous?

interoral facepulling before and after

You might be wondering about the potential dangers of this recently invented exercise.

Let’s delve into the intricacies of this exercise, weigh the potential hazards, and whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

Thumbpulling is not inherently dangerous, but lacking sources can make it a risky commitment for some.

What Is Thumbpulling?

Thumbpulling is frequently advocated as a beneficial technique for improving facial aesthetics.

The essential concept is that separating the sutures, especially the one on the top of your mouth, will result in more defined and robust facial characteristics.

So, how does one perform thumbpulling?

Generally, this exercise involves using your thumbs to apply pressure to each side of the mouth’s roof, or the inner gums.

Is Thumbpulling Dangerous/Risky?

Thumbpulling isn’t dangerous, but it has a level of risk to it.

Most of this comes from the fact that there are little to no sources about thumbpulling.

This poses a big problem because DIY exercises like thumbpulling& mewing require you to do a trial-and-error method.

However, if you don’t have any sources, you’ll never know if you’re doing it incorrectly.

The other fact comes from the fact that thumbpulling may not work, it won’t damage your face, but there isn’t much evidence to support thumbpulling.

While the reasoning behind this exercise makes sense, without evidence, it’s not possible to completely solidify thumbpulling as 100% working.

However, there are many anecdotal sources from people who claim to have seen results from thumbpulling.

facepulling before and after

before & after thumbpulling, noticeable maxilla and jaw forward growth

Benefits of Thumbpulling

Thumbpulling splits your suture, widening your palate.

A wider palate also helps eliminate common dental malocclusions like crowded and crooked teeth.

Wider palates are also contributed to a forward-grown face.

That brings us to our next topic, a more forward maxilla.

A recessed maxilla is a problem that many people face; it causes a flat, long-looking face.

With thumbpulling, you can bring the maxilla forward, making the face look more youthful and attractive.

The maxilla bone is so important in fact that it’s called the “beauty bone!”

Is There Evidence For Thumbpulling?

The short answer is no.

The biggest challenge when discussing the efficacy of thumbpulling is the scarcity of scientific evidence.

There are individual case studies and testimonials from users who claim significant benefits from thumbpulling.

However, it’s crucial to remember that these subjective experiences may not apply to everyone.

Without more substantial clinical evidence, it’s advisable to approach thumbpulling with caution.

How To Be Safe While Thumbpulling

To be safe while thumbpulling, the number one rule is to do your research.

But, that’s where the problem is, there are no sources!

By following this set of rules, you can ensure that you don’t damage your face.

1st. Make sure that you aren’t feeling pain or extreme discomfort

2nd. If your joints start to hurt, stop immediately

3rd. If your already satisfied with your current facial structure, don’t take a needless risk, avoid it if possible.

These 3 rules should keep you away from most dangers.

Always be cautious around under-researched topics such as thumbpulling.

Alternatives to Thumbpulling

There are various different orthotropic exericses that help facial structure in varoius ways.

  1. Mewing: This is the primary exercise you should do all day. It is backed up by evidence, has hundreds of before and afters, and has a huge community.

    You should always do this one before starting thumbpulling.
  2. Chewing Gum: This is the second to mewing and just a bit above thumbpulling.

    Chewing gum in terms of mewing is when you chew hard gum such as mastic, falim, or other brands.

    This grows your masseters which is the primary muscle for mewing and the sharpness of your jawline.
  3. Tongue chewing: Tongue chewing and thumbpulling are around the same level of popularity.

    This exercise involves using a ball of your ordinary, soft gum and pushing it against the palate to train the tongue muscle.

    Having a stronger tongue allows to exert more forces to the top of your palate.


In conclusion, thumbpulling is a controversial and unconventional method to improve facial structure and aesthetics.

While there are anecdotal reports of its benefits, the lack of substantial scientific evidence makes it difficult to say whether it’s safe or effective definitively.

Remember, your health and safety should always be the top priority.

So, whether you try thumbpulling or a different method, always make informed decisions and prioritize your well-being above all else.

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