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    Afternoon all, I will keep this short and sweet, but would appreciate any comment at all. I have a under bite and for the last few years, I've been considering Jaw surgery. My jaw does not cause my any problems eating or generally speaking, however when I sleep, I tend to bite down therefore causing headaches and sometimes a sore jaw in the morning. I am incredibly unhappy with my jaw as I feel it doesn't fit my face, and it also appears to make my face unsymmetrical, therefore I hate having pictures taken of me. I was just wondering to all of you who have had surgery (particularly Under bite surgery) how long did it the entire process take and how bad was your under bite before? I've heard that the braces before surgery make your appearance worse? Is this true, I appreciate that whilst being given the opportunity to have jaw surgery would literally be life changing - the prospect of having braces which in turn could make my appearance worse is slightly off-putting. Any help and answers would be gratefully appreciated. All the best.
    I had double jaw surgery for an underbite last year. I'll be honest with you, I was discharged from the orthodontist as my teeth were straight but was recommended jaw surgery so went back, I had braces re-applied for 18mnths because they have to position your teeth right for after the surgery so before surgery my under-bite was made far worse. However, it was soso worth it.
    I had it done at 18 on the NHS but this may have been because I was taken on before turning 18, if you've previously had braces then this shouldn't be a problem on the NHS.
    Inbox me if you have any further questions
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    (Original post by buttercup94)
    The process for jaw surgery is an extremely long one, I had braces then had them off then new ones on to prepare for the surgery that make you look worse at first which took 18months before I was allowed the surgery!!
    Because I had braces before would I skip this or have to have them again do you reckon?
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    Because I had braces before would I skip this or have to have them again do you reckon?
    You'd have to have them again I'm afraid as they position your teeth so they look perfect after surgery meaning before they will have to be re-positioned. I got mine taken off at 16 and re-fitted at 17 when I decided to have the surgery!


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    Jaw surgery in T-7 hours. The nerves have gone crazy. Hopefully it stays relatively quick and painless- I'll try and update on how things have gone/the general procedure when I'm feeling human enough to.
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    Jaw surgery in T-7 hours. The nerves have gone crazy. Hopefully it stays relatively quick and painless- I'll try and update on how things have gone/the general procedure when I'm feeling human enough to.
    Ask the doctor for something to make you feel calm and they should give you Valium

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    13 days after Jaw Surgery, and although I can't eat much, I'm still having foods like Macaroni Cheese, so I'm happy.

    The first 4 days are pretty rough, I must admit. The night in hospital isn't pleasant but I did manage to get to sleep. I also had very uneven swelling and my nose was massively (really) bent to one side. It was like a hook, but now it's pretty straight which is relieving. The swelling is definitely greater on my left side for some reason. I was also surprised that they didn't wire / elastic me after the operation. I could open my jaw after the operation fairly easily. The first 2 days aren't too bad for swelling, it's the third, fourth, and fifth days where it just puffs up. There was also no pain throughout the whole thing, and it was simply uncomfortable, with pressure all around your face.

    There was a pretty gruesome day 10(?) where a whole load of **** came out of my nose, haha. That was nice when it cleared up my throat and nose. Breathing however wasn't really a problem for me from day 1.

    Im surprised with how fast the swelling went down, I would be happy to go out in public if I had to right now, although speaking is just embarrassing / annoying. The elastics are the main reason for that.

    I cannot literally believe when looking at old photos of myself that I looked like that. The change is absolutely jaw-dropping. I'd be lying if I didn't say the main reason I got this surgery was for aesthetic reasons (rather than functionality), and it really has changed my face. It must sound like I'm incredibly vane, but I can't wait to talk to old friends (who don't know I've had the surgery), and I just simply want to see how they react.

    I really think the aesthetic changes are enormous if you have underbite problems. Although I'm only 13 days post surgery, I would 100% do it all over again if I had to. You need to get the ball rolling though, I wish I just started it sooner so I could have got it done earlier on in summer (only 4 weeks away from University today). Although from the amount I've progressed in two weeks, I'm sure by the time university comes around I'll have learnt how to speak again, eating good food and whatnot.

    Really, just do it.
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    ^ That was underbite jaw surgery. 7mm on one side, 11mm on the other. With a 0.5mm crossbite.
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    Hi all. I had 6 teeth removed yesterday ( 4 wisdoms, 2 number 5s) to prepare me for braces in a month or so.
    Was wondering if anyone has also had this done along with both jaws broken (or similar) 18 months later. I just want to know the similarities and differences you experienced with the different operations - pain, swelling, drinking etc.
    Thanks.
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    Live with it, everyone has insecurities. I hope you get rejected funding from the NHS so people needing the funding most are helped out, not on stupid things like getting rid of an overbite.


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    Live with it, everyone has insecurities. I hope you get rejected funding from the NHS so people needing the funding most are helped out, not on stupid things like getting rid of an overbite.


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    its not just for cosmetic reasons, people are offered the operation because they have difficulty with breathing, eating and talking
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    (Original post by _adam123)
    Live with it, everyone has insecurities. I hope you get rejected funding from the NHS so people needing the funding most are helped out, not on stupid things like getting rid of an overbite.


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    Idiot.

    If your shoulder was dislocated . would you leave it dislocated?

    It's the same thing with the jaw being out of place.
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    funnily enough last week i was doing work experience in the oral/maxillofacial department of a hospital and i was speaking to one of the consultants who specialises in jaw surgery.
    basically they have some scale where they can measure your case to determine how beneficial surgery would be for you. if you are in one of the upper 'bands' then you'd be eligible for nhs treatment.
    apparently it's actually better to have surgery slightly later on (post teen) as your jaw would have been formed and wouldn't keep changing so OP i'm sure there would still be options available~

    note: although the surgery OP is talking about wouldn't necessarily improve the functionality of the jaw, the surgery could really improve someone's quality of life which is something to consider. obviously the doctor who handles the case would need to weigh this up as well, so OP might as well see what they have to say.
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    (Original post by PurpleSquid)
    funnily enough last week i was doing work experience in the oral/maxillofacial department of a hospital and i was speaking to one of the consultants who specialises in jaw surgery.
    basically they have some scale where they can measure your case to determine how beneficial surgery would be for you. if you are in one of the upper 'bands' then you'd be eligible for nhs treatment.
    apparently it's actually better to have surgery slightly later on (post teen) as your jaw would have been formed and wouldn't keep changing so OP i'm sure there would still be options available~

    note: although the surgery OP is talking about wouldn't necessarily improve the functionality of the jaw, the surgery could really improve someone's quality of life which is something to consider. obviously the doctor who handles the case would need to weigh this up as well, so OP might as well see what they have to say.
    All true.

    In my case, I was a class 3, and I can say the trouble a lot of people have, is that they simply cant relate like the poster above. I used to hear that all the time - people downplaying it.

    The irony is, if he had a bad bite, and had to face the problems that come with it, he will be begging to be operated on.

    I think people don't seem to understand how such a thing can improve one's quality of life. For example, I remember when my bite was so bad, I couldn't smile like this: ...again many take their smile for granted, so won't know!

    On top of that I had serious assymetry which basically meant I wasn't very attractive at all. Jaw very out of position/slight disfigurement.

    So to give a simple example, on my graduation day I avoided getting my grad photo taken because I became very self concious about my face/smile in photos. This can also make you socially awkward in social situations - when my bite was corrected, ironically a friend who hadn't seen me for a while told me "that its nice that I am smiling with my teeth, as I would avoid doing so (I literally couldn't)"

    Surgery has lifted a huge weight on my shoulder. I feel normal now.
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    I am quite a handsome guy (not a male model but I have no concerns with my appearance), my Jaw looks quite decent. I went to my dentist about 9 months ago, complaining about difficulty brushing. One of my molars is out of place, and I find it difficult to brush. Hadn't even thought anything about my Jaw.

    Anyway, he cleaned me up, gave me a filling, and said that I need braces. He also mentioned surgery, but I just thought he was being dramatic.

    He referred me to Kings College Hospital, and in June Kings sent me a letter with an appointment. Went there, the dr said he'd check if I was elligible for braces.

    He said to me I need surgery, and braces, to correct my bite and teeth. My teeth are white-ish. I've never been able to smile properly but I never thought anything of it.

    Talking to surgeon next month, but I will probably be getting double jaw surgery. It has nothing to do with vanity, or appearance . It is for safety of the jaw joint. With an underbite, the gap can increase with age, and people endure difficulty chewing.

    My underbite is about 3mm, and at 19 I'm eligible for free treatment on NHS.

    The surgery could also improve my speech, which is sometimes quite muffled.
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    (Original post by goonermk)
    I am quite a handsome guy (not a male model but I have no concerns with my appearance), my Jaw looks quite decent. I went to my dentist about 9 months ago, complaining about difficulty brushing. One of my molars is out of place, and I find it difficult to brush. Hadn't even thought anything about my Jaw.

    Anyway, he cleaned me up, gave me a filling, and said that I need braces. He also mentioned surgery, but I just thought he was being dramatic.

    He referred me to Kings College Hospital, and in June Kings sent me a letter with an appointment. Went there, the dr said he'd check if I was elligible for braces.

    He said to me I need surgery, and braces, to correct my bite and teeth. My teeth are white-ish. I've never been able to smile properly but I never thought anything of it.

    Talking to surgeon next month, but I will probably be getting double jaw surgery. It has nothing to do with vanity, or appearance . It is for safety of the jaw joint. With an underbite, the gap can increase with age, and people endure difficulty chewing.

    My underbite is about 3mm, and at 19 I'm eligible for free treatment on NHS.

    The surgery could also improve my speech, which is sometimes quite muffled.
    I had treatment done at kings.

    PM me if you have any questions,
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    (Original post by buttercup94)
    Hey
    I had double jaw surgery (top and bottom) just over 3 weeks ago!! For the first few days i just stuck with trying to have as many of the special milkshakes that they give you but pretty soon i got bored of them.
    After about half a week i started to get my mum to put some plain complan powder (can get it at tesco's&sainsburys or just pharmacies) into soup in order to make it give you more calories etc and then blend it and heat it for 30 seconds or so in the microwave. You can also get other flavours like chicken that you just add water/milk too that are okay. So you can have like minestrone soup with the noodles and things but blend it and then i drink it out of a bottle that you can squeeze. The Yazoo or Mars drinks bottles are really good because you can just lie back and squeeze the drink. Also try thin custard and thin semolina again in a squeezy bottle!!
    I also discovered that any juices that come in cartons are genius cause i still can't suck from a straw but with these you just lie back and squeeze them and the liquid will just seep through. And frubes are good too because i found a small gap in my teeth and then just squeezed and hoped for the best.
    Anyway, good luck with your recovery and if you want to know anything feel free to inbox me or just ask my questions here

    when you had top and bottom done was it wired together or banded?? getting it done in 6 months bit worried about mouth being wired together!
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    when you had top and bottom done was it wired together or banded?? getting it done in 6 months bit worried about mouth being wired together!
    For me neither! They centred my alignment in the surgery

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    (Original post by burford)
    when you had top and bottom done was it wired together or banded?? getting it done in 6 months bit worried about mouth being wired together!
    I was told they would be wired together but it was just elastic bands attaching my bottom braces to my top braces but you can't open you're mouth but it honestly wasn't that bad and didn't happen until a week after my surgery. Good Luck!
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    Hello,

    anyone whos had surgery no how long it will take from this point... Basically been to ortho today, she told me they are happy with my teeth and took moulds on my last visit, she said she is now referring me back to my surgeon? Will i have to have a load of appointments with him again before he gives me a date?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by large1878)
    Hello,

    anyone whos had surgery no how long it will take from this point... Basically been to ortho today, she told me they are happy with my teeth and took moulds on my last visit, she said she is now referring me back to my surgeon? Will i have to have a load of appointments with him again before he gives me a date?

    Thanks
    It took me a year from when they said I was ready, they have to prepare your teeth and jaw so they look good after the surgery. There's usually a fairly long waiting list too!
 
 
 
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