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    (Original post by xlynzx)
    Hi

    About 4 years ago I had an appointment with an NHS orthodontist to find out if they could do anything about my overbite (I had to actually say to my dentist about it, I've had it forever but he never talked about fixing it). After impressions, measurements and x-rays, the orthodontist told me I actually had an underdeveloped lower jaw that could be corrected with surgery along with braces to fix my overbite. I was quite shocked and totally chickened out at the thought of surgery so nothing was done. However, I have totally regretted not going ahead with it. I am now 20 and at uni and feel totally self-conscious about my smile and overall jaw appearnce so I'm planning on mentioning it to my dentist again at my next check-up next month.
    I was just wondering if anyone had any experience of the procedure - braces and operation. I have read loads of stuff on the internet recently about the swelling and recovery (the liquid diet is totally putting me off). I've mentioned it to my mum but she doesn't think its a good idea - especially as it would all be done whilst I was studying for my degree but I feel self-confidence would be greatly improved along with not getting as many headaches due to my jaw.
    Does anyone know what the general timeline would be for treatment and if it would be even possible with the budget cuts and other stuff happening in the NHS now? I just wanted to talk to someone about it all because its all I've been thinking about recently.

    Thanks
    Hay I had I done It's fine the first few days afterwards are hard as you are coming of the Morphene and anstetic but the Liquid diat is onley 2 weeks and in that time the are some really nice sups you can get hold of ( just get your mum to
    liquise tem befor you drink them (what they have bit's in).your energy will be a
    littel low too (i did not have the energy for the compuer when i had mine done) i had mine done just befor my brother graduated you will need help for a few
    things while recovering. if i were you I would find out how long te pre op is (this is how long you will need braces for befor the opration). you will find afterwards (even now & i am recoverd) you will be abel to feel in your face weather it is
    going to rain or not also i used to get really bad sinuses heakes on aircraft and it fixed that right up too.
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    Hello all, in a few weeks time I am due an appointment with the orthodontist to discuss my underbite and a possible realignment of the jaw. I would like to know, how long the procedure takes, bearing in mind I have worn braces before and since taking them off a few years back my teeth have only moved slightly. Preferably I'd like to have the procedure done before I go university in September. Also I am insured on private health care so would they be quicker with the process? Finally, how much would the cost be, I am currently 18 years of age and will turn 19 in june.
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    Hello all, in a few weeks time I am due an appointment with the orthodontist to discuss my underbite and a possible realignment of the jaw. I would like to know, how long the procedure takes, bearing in mind I have worn braces before and since taking them off a few years back my teeth have only moved slightly. Preferably I'd like to have the procedure done before I go university in September. Also I am insured on private health care so would they be quicker with the process? Finally, how much would the cost be, I am currently 18 years of age and will turn 19 in june.
    Hi, I believe you have to have braces currently to have the procedure (I may be wrong) and I had only upper jaw surgery and my procedure took around 3 hours. Is it next year you're going to university? It was the recovery which was the hardest part, I'm over 8 weeks post op and still have slight swelling, but as I only had one jaw moved the recovery was a lot quicker and I felt comfortable seeing my close friends and family at around 3 weeks.
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    how emotional has this experience been for you?
    I dealt with it well, felt quite down about 4 days post op but now seeing the results I'm so so happy I had it
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    (Original post by Kelseycharlish)
    Hi, I believe you have to have braces currently to have the procedure (I may be wrong) and I had only upper jaw surgery and my procedure took around 3 hours. Is it next year you're going to university? It was the recovery which was the hardest part, I'm over 8 weeks post op and still have slight swelling, but as I only had one jaw moved the recovery was a lot quicker and I felt comfortable seeing my close friends and family at around 3 weeks.
    Oh okay, I have had braces before but the orthodontist was talking about having to have braces again but i don't know how long for considering my teeth have barely moved. And yes, in september I will be going to university
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    (Original post by do the sturridge)
    Oh okay, I have had braces before but the orthodontist was talking about having to have braces again but i don't know how long for considering my teeth have barely moved. And yes, in september I will be going to university
    Yeah you will need them to attach the hooks needed for elastics. I had my surgery in July and start uni this week and I feel I've recovered enough
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    (Original post by Kelseycharlish)
    Yeah you will need them to attach the hooks needed for elastics. I had my surgery in July and start uni this week and I feel I've recovered enough
    Will the operation be able to take place before september? and how much will it cost, i turn 19 in may
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    (Original post by do the sturridge)
    Will the operation be able to take place before september? and how much will it cost, i turn 19 in may
    It should be able to, I received mine on the NHS so was free, I was told my date of surgery around 2/3 months before
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    (Original post by Kelseycharlish)
    I dealt with it well, felt quite down about 4 days post op but now seeing the results I'm so so happy I had it
    you didn't cry or anything like that?
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    (Original post by Angry Bird)
    you didn't cry or anything like that?
    I think I did once, this was when I was really still swollen and I genuinely thought my face was always going to look like that
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    (Original post by do the sturridge)
    Hello all, in a few weeks time I am due an appointment with the orthodontist to discuss my underbite and a possible realignment of the jaw. I would like to know, how long the procedure takes, bearing in mind I have worn braces before and since taking them off a few years back my teeth have only moved slightly. Preferably I'd like to have the procedure done before I go university in September. Also I am insured on private health care so would they be quicker with the process? Finally, how much would the cost be, I am currently 18 years of age and will turn 19 in june.
    You will definitely need to have braces again as they are used to align your teeth into their perfect post operative position (which is different to your current one, so you may feel your teeth become worse before the op) and they are also used to hold your jaw into position throughout the healing process via bands and elastics. They're usually on for 6
    Months after surgery.

    There is no guarantee it will be done before September as there is a lot of pre operative work involved from braces, X-rays, wafer fits and you may even need your wisdom teeth removed. Just because you've had braces before doesn't really mean you're any more 'ready' for a bimax as essentially orthodontic purpose braces and mallaxio purpose braces are very different as the aim isn't straight teeth, it's teeth that fit together after your jaw has moved. It is also very important to remember there are usually waiting lists for this surgery and the appointments involved as well, and on average the procedure takes 2 years with this in mind. ask your consultant for his estimated timeline at your appointment but understand there is likely to be delays. Mine was delayed 6 months at one point. You also don't normally get a set date until very close to surgery, mine was about a month prior (although I knew it would be around that time for quite a few months), but all this is based on the NHS so private may be different.
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    I had surgery for an overbite on the NHS when i was 26! Ask me anything...😀 I am so glad i did it as i looked bloody awful before!! Plus my jaw clicked and i used to hold it forward as i was so paranoid about how bad it looked!
    Even though i was 26 if was done free on the NHS due to the bad placement of my teeth. (I had a narrow bridge)
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    (Original post by Amber3645surf)
    I had surgery for an overbite on the NHS when i was 26! Ask me anything...😀 I am so glad i did it as i looked bloody awful before!! Plus my jaw clicked and i used to hold it forward as i was so paranoid about how bad it looked!
    Even though i was 26 if was done free on the NHS due to the bad placement of my teeth. (I had a narrow bridge)
    How long did you have to wear braces for?
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    (Original post by Amber3645surf)
    I had surgery for an overbite on the NHS when i was 26! Ask me anything...😀 I am so glad i did it as i looked bloody awful before!! Plus my jaw clicked and i used to hold it forward as i was so paranoid about how bad it looked!
    Even though i was 26 if was done free on the NHS due to the bad placement of my teeth. (I had a narrow bridge)

    Hi, I'm 25 and really need this surgery to change the quality of my life. I was just wondering how did you start this process off? Did you mention it to your dentist yourself? I'm worried due to my age I will not be offered it on the NHS. How bad was your bite and did they offer you the surgery straight away or was it after desperately persuading them?
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    Hey guys!

    I just wanted to share my story about my Underbite Jaw Surgery which I had last year in September. Cutting the story short .. I want to the dentist for my normal check up and I mentioned my Underbite - he then referred me to the Maxi-facial Orthodontist. They did a check up and passed me over again to someone else.

    Braces would have not fixed my Underbite so they mentioned the Jaw Surgery which Agreed to on the NHS. I still had my braces in when the Surgery date came up! I was nervous as I was going to be under general anaesthetic. I woke up finally - couldn't feel anything. Surgery was about 2-3 hours. My face was super swollen!!! I looked hilarious hahaha.

    Anyway I was in NO pain at all!!!!! I couldn't feel anything for a few weeks. It took a long time for my swelling to go down - around 4 months to look normal again. I was able to eat rice after about 1 and half months.

    It's been just over a year and I do still have a bit of numbness on my Chin bit it doesn't bother me.

    Sorry for the vague description, if you have any questions I will be happy to answer
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    I'm in exactly the same boat as you! I visited an orthodontist at 16 about my overbite which at the time was 9mm. I have severe trauma to the roof of my mouth due to my teeth digging in. I get constant headaches, jaw ache, My jaw clicks, I bite my incisive papilla (the little lump at the back of your front teeth), I struggle breathing at night and I'm so paranoid about my teeth it's unreal. I was told at the time that my only option was to have jaw surgery and I couldn't have a brace, oh and apparently surgery could leave me with a flappy lip, so of course at 16 already having suffered horrendous bullying throughout school I declined. Now I'm 20 my overbite is now 11mm due to my wisdom teeth coming through. I visited my dentist last week regarding this issue and I was told because I declined surgery at 16 I would have to go private (probably costing me up to £2,000 and the rest). How they can expect a 16 year old to make such a life changing decision is beyond me. Anyway, my mum contacted NHS England, she knows exactly how much trouble I've had due to my overbite. They told her that your dentist might not tell you this but there is something called an IFR, which is an individual funding request that your dentist can put through to the NHS if they think your case is serious enough. I contacted my dentist and explained this to them and they said they will put a referral through for me. Within hours i was accepted for NHS treatment! And they even have a referral tracker. Now I need to point out that it is your othadontist who will decide whether you meet the criteria or not, but even being accepted for an orthodontist appointment at 20 is a bonus for me. I'm now on a waiting list which could take up to 12 month unless it's a medical issue (which mine is). So I'm just waiting with my fingers tightly crossed. It's going to be a long process, but it's a step in the right direction. Good luck and I hope this helps!
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    Hey guys!

    I just wanted to share my story about my Underbite Jaw Surgery which I had last year in September. Cutting the story short .. I want to the dentist for my normal check up and I mentioned my Underbite - he then referred me to the Maxi-facial Orthodontist. They did a check up and passed me over again to someone else.

    Braces would have not fixed my Underbite so they mentioned the Jaw Surgery which Agreed to on the NHS. I still had my braces in when the Surgery date came up! I was nervous as I was going to be under general anaesthetic. I woke up finally - couldn't feel anything. Surgery was about 2-3 hours. My face was super swollen!!! I looked hilarious hahaha.

    Anyway I was in NO pain at all!!!!! I couldn't feel anything for a few weeks. It took a long time for my swelling to go down - around 4 months to look normal again. I was able to eat rice after about 1 and half months.

    It's been just over a year and I do still have a bit of numbness on my Chin bit it doesn't bother me.

    Sorry for the vague description, if you have any questions I will be happy to answer

    Hi,

    Once you had your brace work all sorted, What was the process after that. How long was the wait between then and your jaw surgery?

    Thanks
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    Hi,

    Once you had your brace work all sorted, What was the process after that. How long was the wait between then and your jaw surgery?

    Thanks
    Hey

    So then I got my braces in 2 weeks after my first appointment.

    I waited about 8 months (they left them in) then they told me in 1 months time you're going to have you jaw surgery.

    After the jaw surgery I had my braces taken out a month later
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    Hi I saw your post and thought that I had to reply as I have myself been through it as back when i was a teenager my dentist told me that I had a overbite and I didn't like my appearance because of jaw I had to wait until I was 18 I had my braces fitted what wasn't so bad and in 2009 I had my op and I don't regret having it done it was definitely worth it, to be fair there was a lot of swelling in my face due from the op, I would of uploaded a picture but it won't let me of the swelling and I was drinking these milkshake weight gainers so I didn't lose weight and because of the op I had to have 10 weeks off work to recover. So it is definitely something to think about it. I have to put this in as well you wouldn't be able to speak for a bit cause after the op you have little hooks on your braces where they give you little bands so that keeps your jaw in one place while it is healing what was a bit painful.
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    I think I have a underbite myself and I been wondering for so long now: if one has underbite ( lower jaw infront of upperteeth ) can u still pull lowerjaw back behind uppertheeth naturally like, really easy?My dentist says its all good but I would rather have my lowerjaw infront when im not for example eating and such because its easier to breeath and I can sit with a better pos.really appriciate all answers.I dont wanna create a new discussion.
 
 
 
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