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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? cuz I can pull it like crazy around and my jawline dont gets seen if I dont pull it infront

    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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    Hi
    I've been following/reading through this thread for a year or so now as my son was due to have his under bite sorted out between A levels and uni. That time has come and he had the op on Friday and is now home and recovering. He had an under bite of 9mm which looks to have been totally corrected and successful albeit with a lot of swelling, some bloody nostrils and a lot of regular pain relief at this point.
    He has been seeing an orthodontic for nearly 8 years and had various teeth removed including wisdom and canines along with chains and fixed braces - its been a long haul. There have been times when the orthodontist and surgeons have said he may need both jaws moving (one back and one forward) but they settled on moving the top jaw forward. The indecision was because he was still growing and it was hard to tell how he was going to grow hence the reason for waiting till he was 18 to do the surgery. So I suppose, in answer to your query, it depends what they do as to what point you are at once fully grown (you don't mention your age).
    There was also an offer over the last 6 months ago of a little chin filler if needed but it was decided it was unnecessary at this point but still available to him in 6 months time if he feels the need! Hope that helps.
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    I've had my surgery a little over a week ago . My surgeon didn't band my teeth after so they became displaced and wouldn't close so he thought I may need another surgery. However I recently saw my orthodontist and he's since put bands in so I think my jaw is in the right location ... (my next check up is Thursday ) but I noticed it's extremely painful for me to try to stick out my tongue . So far I haven't read anyone else who has experienced this. But I'm anxious to know if it's normal ?
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    Hi, I currently have braces and I'm at the point at where I can go in two directions: surgery or no-surgery. My orthodontist asked me whether I should go along with the surgery, and my answer was yes. I have a quite an unsymmetrical jaw and have always been self conscious of my jaw, chin, smile and basically all of my lower facial features. I don't feel much discomfort when eating unless I'm paying a lot of attention to it. I also have speech problems like I mumble because talking can be strenuous sometimes for me. Along with that, my jaw clenches once in a while but I have been given exercises to help with this. However, afterwards my orthodontist went on to say surgery isn't that major for me due to my braces improving my bite. Because of this, my jaw is now only 2mm off but will mostly beneficial for appearances. My orthodontist then began to talk me out of the surgery. So I then spoke to my family for advice about which decision I should take, and they claim that my orthodontist is in no position to tell me whether I should go with the surgery or not. Before braces, I had many many meetings with specialists and consultants who all agreed I was to take surgery. They also assured me that having braces alone was not the answer to my bite. Although my orthodontist said braces are good enough. Shall I listen to my orthodontist or the specialists? My orthodontist wants a definite answer from me next appointment. Thinking about it, I would prefer to go along with surgery than always thinking what-if, but is it worth it?
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    (Original post by ClockEnd)
    Hey, hoping someone can answer this question. When it comes to organising the date of surgery, how long do you typically have to wait? I've had my braces for over a year and a half now and are due to see the surgeon again fairly soon. I'm hoping and praying it can be done over the summer, but would this be too short notice?
    Hi I just wanted to ask if you have had your surgery already and how long did it take to organise the date of the surgery? My orthodontist has made my referral to the hospital and I have my assessment there in February. Do you know how long after this I could be having the surgery? I am hoping as quick as possible! I have had my braces for around 2.5-3 years now I think and my orthodontist has confirmed I am definitely having the surgery and this time next year he said my teeth will be fine so I am praying that the surgery is soon. Right now I have just been given bands to put on my braces to pull my bottom jaw out even more which was quite scary after all this time of trying to do the opposite by trying to correct my underbite, I was told now it has to get worse before it gets better quite nervous but hoping that the journey is starting now.
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    Hi everyone, I am 18 and I am going to have jaw surgery to correct my underbite. I have had my braces on for about 2.5-3 years now and my orthodontist has confirmed that I am definitely having the operation which I have been so impatiently waiting for as I knew I really wanted to have this done since I was 16.
    Now I am of age, I think it is finally happening, my orthodontist has sent the referral to the hospital (YAY!!!!!!!!!) and I am going to have my assessment in February.

    I have now been given elastic bands to wear nearly all the time, for the next few months, to pull out my lower jaw EVEN more which was quite scary. Obviously because that is what I do not want, as we have been trying to do the opposite for the past few years. But, my orthodontist told me that we have to make it as worse as It can get in order for the results to be even better, so at least there is light at the end of the (which seems like a never ending-) tunnel.

    I just wanted to hear or find out more about what happens next? So my assessment (whatever that means) is in February, how long after that will I be booked in for surgery? I am really hoping as soon as possible because this whole experience has been such a long wait but now this referral has happened it feels as though the speed is picking up now and I will finally be able to have this life changing surgery I cannot wait for.

    I have had headaches, I don't know if it is due to my jaw problems. I can't eat apples or any of that sort of food, well biting into anything can be a problem and also embarrassing if I am with people. I feel as though I can never let people view me from the side because that is where you can see my bite is most prominent, because from the front on I feel as though I can try to speak in a certain way which disguises the bite sometimes or just covering my mouth a lot. Not saying that I don't hate the way I look from the front on because I do, I feel as though I can't smile properly or laugh and when I do everyone will see how ugly or weird my bite is. Its just restricting my happiness, I feel so self conscious about it and I hate to sound vain but it really is horrible, not one day where I don't think about it.

    At least soon this will all be done but I wanted to hear some advice and other people experiences so I can maybe compare and know what to expect? from Pre-op, to the procedure, and recovery? I have been seeing people about the numbness, does that disappear, is it only temporary, or is it permanent? and does it affect you?

    Thankyou
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    i had my overbite surgery on the 17th of November, 3 weeks have passed and my swelling is pretty much all gone. i had absolutely no pain after the surgery, all the nurses were asking me if i want pain killers and i kept saying i dont need any. one day after the surgery i got bands put on my braces to make sure my bite is in the correct place, again no pain there even though they were tight. only thing i dont like is the liquid/soft diet, its been too long since i bit/chewed sometihng.. and my bottom lip and chin are numb even now after the surgery, hopefully the feeling will come back as it can take months or years.over all i would recommend the surgery if you are thinking about it, recovery is easy and painless and swelling goes down quickly, took me 2 weeks.
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    (Original post by aleks ganuskzo)
    i had my overbite surgery on the 17th of November, 3 weeks have passed and my swelling is pretty much all gone. i had absolutely no pain after the surgery, all the nurses were asking me if i want pain killers and i kept saying i dont need any. one day after the surgery i got bands put on my braces to make sure my bite is in the correct place, again no pain there even though they were tight. only thing i dont like is the liquid/soft diet, its been too long since i bit/chewed sometihng.. and my bottom lip and chin are numb even now after the surgery, hopefully the feeling will come back as it can take months or years.over all i would recommend the surgery if you are thinking about it, recovery is easy and painless and swelling goes down quickly, took me 2 weeks.
    If your bottom lip and chin are numb, does that affect you badly or does it not really make much difference? Can you still speak wth no difficulty ? And able to move your mouth? And years !?!? that sounds awful😭😭

    Also how long do you have to keep your braces on for after surgery? I wasn’t aware you have to keep them on!! I’m hoping to get mine off ASAP
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    hey am i the only person who has a massive chin, it sticks out loads i also have an asymetrical jaw so been told i need jaw surgery can anyone tell me if it will reduce the size of my chin
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    It really depends on your hospital really. I had my double jaw surgery in summer of 2017 and I didn't have any assessment before my surgery nor did I have to wear elastic bands before the surgery.

    The process that I went through was; a couple months before the surgery they took molds and x-ray of my jaw and then I got a letter regarding which hospital and what time and date was the surgery. I then had a couple of joint appointment with my ortho and surgeon team where they show what they will do in the surgery using the mold and they also took couple of messurements.

    I met with my orth one week before the surgery to make sure that there's nothing wrong with the braces and to put hooks on there for the elastics. Then it was go time, on the day foolishly I went and ate brakefast which they didn't say I couldn't on the pack of information that they gave me, which delayed the surgery for a couple of hours. It was 6 or 7 hours if I remembered correctly. During the time the nurse called me in for checks and prep.

    The surgery went on for 6 or 7 hours as well, I was informed by my mum. I woke up feelling groggy not feeling any pain or nothing during the whole process from the surgery to the end. I remeber I loved the bed in the hospital. it was one of those eletric bed where you can sit stright up and I kept playing with it. But the bed was a life saver as I could not sleep stright because of the pressure on the jaw. I had to wear this mask that which is essentally an ice pack, but it was hooked up to the machine that provide cold water to the mask. I remember I had a lot of nose bleed not sure if it's because the tube they stuck something in my nose to keep me breathing during surgery. I threw up once during the one night that I stayed in the hospital. It was horrible, bright red blood and I kept saying sorry to the nurse who cleaned it up.

    I met with the surgeon and the ortho that they had the next day, where they gave the go ahead that I can leave on the same day. They showed me how to use the elastics and that was it. I was brought back to my room where I had lunch and I was checked out. It was a really pleasent stay everyone was really nice.

    The surgery went better than I expected. The surgeons did a tremendous job. I had no lost feeling except the tingly feeling on the bottom left cheek area. At the beginning it was fine but it started playing up recently. I talk to my ortho but they said not to worry about it.

    Swelling was really bad at first, it takes time to go back down, months even for it to completely go down. I had bruising all along my cheek and neck after after the surgery but, it all fadded quite quickly. They gave pain killer for me to take, I didn't really take them as there was no pain.

    Food, I am a really picky eater and I was really bad at eating anything during the first month. As in I barley ate anything, tried drinking protein shakes but didn't like it. Drinking smoothie, I didn't really like it either. However, I did drink soup, which helps to fill me up. I lost quite a bit of weight like a stone and a bit. everyone said I lost a lot of weight when I got back to uni.

    That was my experience. A hell of a long story . Other than that, I am really happy now with it being done. it was a really easy experience for me anyway, just a little bit fustrated that I could eat solid food for like 1 and a half months. I am getting my braces off next month they said finger crossed, just in time for my graduation. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    One advice I give is don't get too nervous or stressed out by it. I was really scared about permanent numbness and it going wrong, but it turned out I didn't have to stress at it. It went past really quickly and in the blink of an eye I am back to normal



    (Original post by marina99)
    Hi everyone, I am 18 and I am going to have jaw surgery to correct my underbite. I have had my braces on for about 2.5-3 years now and my orthodontist has confirmed that I am definitely having the operation which I have been so impatiently waiting for as I knew I really wanted to have this done since I was 16.
    Now I am of age, I think it is finally happening, my orthodontist has sent the referral to the hospital (YAY!!!!!!!!!) and I am going to have my assessment in February.

    I have now been given elastic bands to wear nearly all the time, for the next few months, to pull out my lower jaw EVEN more which was quite scary. Obviously because that is what I do not want, as we have been trying to do the opposite for the past few years. But, my orthodontist told me that we have to make it as worse as It can get in order for the results to be even better, so at least there is light at the end of the (which seems like a never ending-) tunnel.

    I just wanted to hear or find out more about what happens next? So my assessment (whatever that means) is in February, how long after that will I be booked in for surgery? I am really hoping as soon as possible because this whole experience has been such a long wait but now this referral has happened it feels as though the speed is picking up now and I will finally be able to have this life changing surgery I cannot wait for.

    I have had headaches, I don't know if it is due to my jaw problems. I can't eat apples or any of that sort of food, well biting into anything can be a problem and also embarrassing if I am with people. I feel as though I can never let people view me from the side because that is where you can see my bite is most prominent, because from the front on I feel as though I can try to speak in a certain way which disguises the bite sometimes or just covering my mouth a lot. Not saying that I don't hate the way I look from the front on because I do, I feel as though I can't smile properly or laugh and when I do everyone will see how ugly or weird my bite is. Its just restricting my happiness, I feel so self conscious about it and I hate to sound vain but it really is horrible, not one day where I don't think about it.

    At least soon this will all be done but I wanted to hear some advice and other people experiences so I can maybe compare and know what to expect? from Pre-op, to the procedure, and recovery? I have been seeing people about the numbness, does that disappear, is it only temporary, or is it permanent? and does it affect you?

    Thankyou
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    I had double jaw surgery 5 days ago now and am finally beginning to ease off my painkillers, I use to need them every 2 hours and was getting awful tension headaches and jaw aches pretty much all day but I can finally relax abit now as I'm not getting them as often, still not sure when I can start to lay on my side as sleeping up right isn't the most comfortable!
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    I'm 14 and I have a underbite. I'm going for jaw surgery when I'm 16 but I don't have braces. Do u get braces before surgery or after?
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    (Original post by Phandom4life_)
    I'm 14 and I have a underbite. I'm going for jaw surgery when I'm 16 but I don't have braces. Do u get braces before surgery or after?
    I also had an underbite and had braces for 2 years prior to surgery and then 6 months after surgery.
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    (Original post by Phandom4life_)
    I'm 14 and I have a underbite. I'm going for jaw surgery when I'm 16 but I don't have braces. Do u get braces before surgery or after?
    I don’t know where you are because usually in the UK you have to wait until 18 for jaw surgery to make sure you are fully developed, so I am 18 now and having the surgery this year. I have had braces on now for over 3 years and will keep them on for only a few more months after the surgery to keep everything in place, and then I will be finished!
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    (Original post by Mr.wong)
    It really depends on your hospital really. I had my double jaw surgery in summer of 2017 and I didn't have any assessment before my surgery nor did I have to wear elastic bands before the surgery.

    The process that I went through was; a couple months before the surgery they took molds and x-ray of my jaw and then I got a letter regarding which hospital and what time and date was the surgery. I then had a couple of joint appointment with my ortho and surgeon team where they show what they will do in the surgery using the mold and they also took couple of messurements.

    I met with my orth one week before the surgery to make sure that there's nothing wrong with the braces and to put hooks on there for the elastics. Then it was go time, on the day foolishly I went and ate brakefast which they didn't say I couldn't on the pack of information that they gave me, which delayed the surgery for a couple of hours. It was 6 or 7 hours if I remembered correctly. During the time the nurse called me in for checks and prep.

    The surgery went on for 6 or 7 hours as well, I was informed by my mum. I woke up feelling groggy not feeling any pain or nothing during the whole process from the surgery to the end. I remeber I loved the bed in the hospital. it was one of those eletric bed where you can sit stright up and I kept playing with it. But the bed was a life saver as I could not sleep stright because of the pressure on the jaw. I had to wear this mask that which is essentally an ice pack, but it was hooked up to the machine that provide cold water to the mask. I remember I had a lot of nose bleed not sure if it's because the tube they stuck something in my nose to keep me breathing during surgery. I threw up once during the one night that I stayed in the hospital. It was horrible, bright red blood and I kept saying sorry to the nurse who cleaned it up.

    I met with the surgeon and the ortho that they had the next day, where they gave the go ahead that I can leave on the same day. They showed me how to use the elastics and that was it. I was brought back to my room where I had lunch and I was checked out. It was a really pleasent stay everyone was really nice.

    The surgery went better than I expected. The surgeons did a tremendous job. I had no lost feeling except the tingly feeling on the bottom left cheek area. At the beginning it was fine but it started playing up recently. I talk to my ortho but they said not to worry about it.

    Swelling was really bad at first, it takes time to go back down, months even for it to completely go down. I had bruising all along my cheek and neck after after the surgery but, it all fadded quite quickly. They gave pain killer for me to take, I didn't really take them as there was no pain.

    Food, I am a really picky eater and I was really bad at eating anything during the first month. As in I barley ate anything, tried drinking protein shakes but didn't like it. Drinking smoothie, I didn't really like it either. However, I did drink soup, which helps to fill me up. I lost quite a bit of weight like a stone and a bit. everyone said I lost a lot of weight when I got back to uni.

    That was my experience. A hell of a long story . Other than that, I am really happy now with it being done. it was a really easy experience for me anyway, just a little bit fustrated that I could eat solid food for like 1 and a half months. I am getting my braces off next month they said finger crossed, just in time for my graduation. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    One advice I give is don't get too nervous or stressed out by it. I was really scared about permanent numbness and it going wrong, but it turned out I didn't have to stress at it. It went past really quickly and in the blink of an eye I am back to normal
    Hi I had my joint appointment with my orthodontist and surgeon and they just chatted to me briefly about the surgery and basically just booked the date with me there. Soon after I received a confirmation letter of the surgery and also pre op appointment a month before for blood tests and stuff I’m guessing.

    Ok so definitely dont eat breakfast, noted lol! I’m really glad to hear how well your procedure went, that’s quite comforting, could I just ask if that was in London? Hopefully I’m lucky enough to have the same surgeon or hospital as you then haha!

    The fact that you had nearly no numbness is great, I was quite worried about that but now I will try not to be as much and just hope for as little as possible to none!

    Swelling - sounds like it’s going to be a long summer for me not sure if I’ll be able to go away this year as I’m guessing I’ll have to keep going back to the orthodontist for appointments and check ups quite frequently after the surgery and obviously swollen but I guess it will be worth it.

    I am really really not looking forward to not being able to eat properly for about a month because I LOVE FOOD :’( this is going to be very hard... I find myself trying to remind myself it will be worth it in the end so !! at least I will be able to eat again later on haha

    Thanks for sharing your experience and advice, hopefully everything goes well for me as it did for you. And I hope you get your braces off ASAP!
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    (Original post by Phandom4life_)
    I'm 14 and I have a underbite. I'm going for jaw surgery when I'm 16 but I don't have braces. Do u get braces before surgery or after?
    I think you normally have to wait until you're atleast 19 for the surgery as that's when your jaw stops growing, I had braces put on when I was 17 and I'm 20 now and they should come off within the next 6 months as I had my jaw surgery 5 weeks ago
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    Hi Everyone I am in to get double jaw sugery and It got cancelled today I was so gutted bout it as I was ready to get it over and done with 😢...I was reading your comments and they help but I just hope am in asap sick of waiting around now and scared at the same time 😞hope it all goes well and I really look forward to seeing the result when I recover am sure it will all be worth it in the end 💕👌
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    (Original post by marina99)
    Hi I had my joint appointment with my orthodontist and surgeon and they just chatted to me briefly about the surgery and basically just booked the date with me there. Soon after I received a confirmation letter of the surgery and also pre op appointment a month before for blood tests and stuff I’m guessing.

    Ok so definitely dont eat breakfast, noted lol! I’m really glad to hear how well your procedure went, that’s quite comforting, could I just ask if that was in London? Hopefully I’m lucky enough to have the same surgeon or hospital as you then haha!

    The fact that you had nearly no numbness is great, I was quite worried about that but now I will try not to be as much and just hope for as little as possible to none!

    Swelling - sounds like it’s going to be a long summer for me not sure if I’ll be able to go away this year as I’m guessing I’ll have to keep going back to the orthodontist for appointments and check ups quite frequently after the surgery and obviously swollen but I guess it will be worth it.

    I am really really not looking forward to not being able to eat properly for about a month because I LOVE FOOD :’( this is going to be very hard... I find myself trying to remind myself it will be worth it in the end so !! at least I will be able to eat again later on haha

    Thanks for sharing your experience and advice, hopefully everything goes well for me as it did for you. And I hope you get your braces off ASAP!
    Thank you, and good luck with your surgery. Yeah do not eat before the surgery. At least it wasn't canceled for that. It went past really quickly and after the first month. I have really let myself go after I can eat I littrally ate everything. It was partly my fault for not eating as well, I was don't feel hungry most of the time. but I would get like headaches and felt drained because I didn't eat. Definitely try and eat more.

    The braces came off really quickly just litrally 7 months after the surgery my ortho said it can be removed. So happy now with my new smile. No worry, good luck and enjoy your new self after the surgery.
 
 
 
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