Can a chin strap reduce chin growth?
January 31, 2012 9:31 AM Subscribe
Chin strap to reduce chin growth — Is this a real thing?
posted by Shelf to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I was much younger (around 10) my orthodontist had me wear a chin strap to sleep at night, pretty much like this
. The explanation they gave to me was that it would reduce the growth of my chin/jaw, but even as a child I never understood how a piece of fabric for seven hours a day would be strong enough to have that effect.
Googling this type of item, it seems to be exclusively for controlling mouth breathing, which seems like a much, much more likely explanation. Did they just outright lie to me to get me to wear this thing?
If so, file this under "Incredibly obvious thing I didn't realize for decades."