(Closed) adult orthodontics/ jaw surgery

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just out of curiosity are they talking about going in and breaking the bones and realigning them in surgery or are they saying that they want to use a retainer type device to slowly break the jaw over time. I think it is called a hyrex – which is the retainer type thing used to break the jaw over time and re-align it slowly.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My brother had a similar situation.  He decided to go ahead with the surgery (lower jaw in his case), and it’s done wonders for his physical looks as well as his self-confidence!  The healing process takes quite a while (they wired his jaw shut for a few weeks so he could only eat soft foods and liquids), and he still has a teeny bit of numbness around his jawline (his surgery was 2 years ago), but he is SO happy with the results.  He looks and acts like a whole new man! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have had a similar type procedure (after a car accident) and it was done by an oral surgeon and my orthodontist put me back in braces. I am not going to lie – it freakin hurts but there is no price on confidence! If I were you I would get a couple of different opinions on how to do things. I had my top jaw broken surgically but they used a permanently implanted device to slowly break and re-align my lower jaw which still was uncomfortable but it was not nearly as invasive or painful as surgery. But there are so many options out there and my experience has been that different doctors have different preferences on how they like to treat problems. If I were doing things over I would definitely have gotten at least 2-3 different doctors opinions on how to fix my teeth before I committed all that time and money. And one thing that will save some money when getting consults is bringing your own x-rays with you to each appointment so there is no need for more x-rays (which jacks up the price of a consult! and the doctors by law have to give you copies of your record! including the x-rays!)

 

The one thing I would really really insist on is something like a lingual bar which is a permanent wire thing that orthodontist will place on the tongue side of your teeth to keep them straight and prevent movement after you are out of braces – I only got one on my upper teeth and was not diligent about wearing a retainer on my bottom teeth so now I actually need braces for the 3rd time because my bottom teeth have moved.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend had serious jaw surgery to correct an underbite.  They had to break some bones in her face and add some cadaver bone.  I think the whole thing took about 6 hours, plus she had to wear braces for a few years before the surgery.  The swelling took a really long time to go down and she couldn’t eat solids for a while.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i got upper and lower jaw surgery 6 months ago to fix a cross-bite. i had braces about a year before the surgery. the actual surgery was all right… i stayed in the hospital overnight. no pain at all. the first week after surgery was hard… i had a lot of swelling.. a ton. at times it was hard to breath. a humidifier helped ALOT.  it was hard to stay hydrated also, which caused some nausea. the antibiotics also attributed to nausea. however, i never threw up the entire time. 

overall, the surgery recovery has been a lot harder than expected. i have had no pain, however. the hardest part was the liquid diet. it doesn’t seem too hard… but about 2 weeks into it, i hit depression… heavy depression lasted about a week. another hard part of it was the complete lack of energy that lasted for about a month. 

another issue is weight. don’t worry about weight aspect! i am 5 4 and weighed 110 before surgery. three weeks after surgery i weighed 97. however, i gained most of it back within the two weeks after i started eating again. 

i am getting my braces off in 12 days! overall, it has been difficult. my jaw still doesn’t open fully without it feeling uncomfortable. there is also clicking on the left side of my jaw that bothers me that wasn’t there before. lastly, there is a tightness in my upper cheeks and nose area that the surgeon says is from the healing of scars. however, i have complete feeling back in my face, no numbness at all. the roof of my mouth is still numb a little though. 

if you want the surgery because of physical appearance, i say get it. however, be sure you have at least a good three weeks to sit around and a lot of help. grinding up food took so much energy out of me and got me feeling really depressed. 

i have attached a pic of me about 3 weeks post-op and the later one about 3 months post op. the swelling lasted for about 3 months. 

* honestly, if you are really unhappy with your physical appearance, get it. otherwise, i would think twice. i am not completely happy with my results, but i was not unhappy with my physical appearance before*

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