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    OMG I have an overbite and not so straight teeth even though i wore braces for sooooo long, i really hoped it would have changed my smile but nothing to be honest... my dentist is refusing to give me a referal even though i have an overbite larger than 3.5mm... I really think jaw re-alignment will really help... But how should i go about it? i really dont mind paying for it myself coz lets be realistics anything on the NHS will take a life time!! can some get back to me and letr me know how they went about it?
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    (Original post by CarpetMonster)
    Wow, I'm having the same thing done too actually, I didn't think it was so common!

    Although it does seem quite daunting, I have to say that I can't wait to have it done and finished with! I am really self conscious about it and as a result haven't really enjoyed university as much as I should have, I get so shy and awkward around new people. I feel like i'll be a new person once I get it done.

    My only regret is not having it done sooner (I'm nearly 21). I was first put on an NHS waiting list almost four years ago but as a result of cost cutting exercises and general incompetence, I haven't really heard much from them and was actually told by my orthadontist that the waiting list was going backwards!

    So I've decided to go private now, it could cost as much as 7k but I'm commited to it, its something I really want to have done. I should have my first set of braces on in November and then er, the jaw operation around two years later.

    It'll take a long time but can't wait!

    If anyone wants to PM me about it then feel free
    Did u get an actual quote for 7k? woow thats expensive, from the research i've been doing i thought 4k max
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    I'm 17 and should eventually (when my orthadontist gets a move on) be starting the process to get braces, have surgery. Gotta have a few teeth out first, but hardly worried about that bit as its all going to be under a general. I'm not so fussed about braces, I've been wanting them for ages now because my teeth are so wonky, aware they can be a nuisance and that I shall most likely be wearing them well into the 2nd year of uni, but it'll be worth it. Shall have the painkillers on hand for when I get them fixed/ tightened. -

    Most apprehensive though of the op- despite having the lowest possible pain threshold (blood pressure machines scare me and I always have to have gas and air before a needle is stuck in me) I felt I really ought to go ahead with it and not just for cosmetic reasons because my speech isnt the clearest (though it has improved thanks to speech therapy) and thinks like bighting an apple are near impossible although a good smile would be nice!
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    hi, i had this operation discussed at a very young age, about 11-12 years old, my bite has never been right, i have a prominenant jaw because of a slight underbite an the length of my lower jaw has gradually grown slightly longer than average aswell, and as a result my back teach made contact (top touching the bottom ones) and the rest in the centre is a big gap (no contact). My parents were told that i'd hav to wait until i reached 18 years old to begin the process of correction, but as the years passed, in my laidback style i ignored the problem, which id say ive always been self-concious of in my head, but i'd never speak about it to anybody, and because i was so embarrassed about it i didnt even want to go to the doctors to arrange it as i was so shy about it. i chose to brush it under the carpet. the a couple of years down the line, a few days before christmas 2007 i got involved in a punch-up with a mate which resulted in a badly broken jaw for myself. i had to have three plates inserted (luckily not wired) on my jaw, this was the moment where my conciousness of my jaw seriously took a bad affect on my confidence!!! (it wasnt great before) luckily jaw operations heal very quickly but i did look like desperate dan on the one side of my face for a few weeks.
    anyway back to the point!! when visiting the orthadontic unit after the op for a check-up the doc brought up this operation again, i didnt even mention it, i was surprised how enthusiastic the doctor was about what can be done to help me. im glad he did really because my jaw is worse since it was broken, face is more unbalanced, underbite is even more sever unfortunately for me, but still i held it off (lol) until NOW!! ive had the sculptures taken of my teeth and going back for the first real consultation sept 30th, im also going to have some of my chin bone shaved down a bit because im unhappy with the length of my lower jaw. my advice to anyone thinking about going through with this operation is do not hesitate, you have nothing to lose, but alot to gain, my regret was not facing my problems sooner, lifes too short, ive just turned 21 and because of this my social skills in public have hit rock bottom, i cant wait until this is all over, im 100% positive i will find the confidence i crave in the end, it will transform my life. good luck to everyone and if anybody is going through the treatment already your feedback would be much appreciated, personally :-)
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    (Original post by ibshort)
    Hey all,

    I'm 17, just started uni and have an 100% overbite, which means my top row of teeth end up in front of my bottom row when i bite, and my teeth are not that straight, hence i wanted this sorted out.

    I was advised by my orthodontist, in order to have straight teeth, i have to get my jaw realiged (jaw has to be broken in surgery and then aligned), otherwise the teeth will not stay straight after i have had braces.

    I have got my second meeting with one of the doctors on monday, but im reallllly scared now about the treatment, having braces for a couple of years first, and then having surgery (6 hours surgery, and nothing solid to eat for a couple of moths after surgery), thereafter i have to have braces again i think for a while.

    I'm more scared about the surgery than the braces tbh, and was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this kind of treatment, i feel very depressed at the moment...

    Thanks,

    Ib

    I'VE HAD THIS SURGERY. it was pretty horrible for a while after tbh, i couldn't eat proper food for over a month and i had to eat and drink through syringes for a few weeks after. i felt lousy but it wasn't as painful as i expected. and my face swelled up like a chipmunk!
    BUT i can say in retrospect it was so so worth it. i love my new jawline it's made me so much more confident in myself. and overall i think it's worth sacrificing those few weeks of your life for a result that will last for your whole lifetime.

    also someone said that you can't have it done on the NHS for cosmetic reasons. i did :/ and my jaw wasn't even that bad before, it wasn't very noticeable or anything. but i had it done as part of my orthodontics treatment.
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    yeah mine will be on the NHS i thought of going private but the specialist said there is no fast track for the operation, everyone has to wair the braces for at least 2 years before it can be done etc etc. how long did u have braces and did u find it affect your confidence badly, the operation is no worry for me whatsover but wearing braces for that length of time does.....
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    you pretty much forget about the braces after a while tbh, or at least i did, still got them on, only like 5 months to go tho. Someone who Id spoken to loads for a bout a year and a half of having braces, only just noticed I had mine a couple of months ago haha. So even tho, you may be really conscious of it at first, you will forget this soon enough, and others will barely even notice. It's all worth it in the end, in my opinion.
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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I've been thinking about getting the surgery done, but I don't know if I should do it or not. The risks are permanent loss of feeling in parts of your face and I don't know if it's worth it. How likely is this going to happen?

    I have a weird problem where my eyes are unevenly positioned ever so slightly and I think the crooked jaw exacerbates the effect. One side of my face is fuller than the other, too. I guess the best way to decide if I should get this surgery is talk to an oral surgeon.
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    Wow, I didn't know so many people had this!

    I have it but I don't think it's that bad because no one's ever noticed it even when I point it out. Making my jaw click freaks my housemates out though, lol. It bothers me quite a bit but not enough to have surgery and pay that much money for it.
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    (Original post by lunchbox)
    Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I've been thinking about getting the surgery done, but I don't know if I should do it or not. The risks are permanent loss of feeling in parts of your face and I don't know if it's worth it. How likely is this going to happen?

    I have a weird problem where my eyes are unevenly positioned ever so slightly and I think the crooked jaw exacerbates the effect. One side of my face is fuller than the other, too. I guess the best way to decide if I should get this surgery is talk to an oral surgeon.
    Talking to an oral surgeon is your best bet - I'm due to have my surgery in summer 2011 ish, it's what I've wanted for ages and have now signed all the papers. My surgeon told me that it there was a 15% chance of losing feeling in certain areas, either permanently/temporarily so the risks aren't that high but they're still there. But to me, that's a small chance to take if I can get my jaw fixed because then I'll feel better about myself. But yeah, talk to an oral surgeon - they'll tell you exactly what's going on
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    (Original post by hannahhi)
    Talking to an oral surgeon is your best bet - I'm due to have my surgery in summer 2011 ish, it's what I've wanted for ages and have now signed all the papers. My surgeon told me that it there was a 15% chance of losing feeling in certain areas, either permanently/temporarily so the risks aren't that high but they're still there. But to me, that's a small chance to take if I can get my jaw fixed because then I'll feel better about myself. But yeah, talk to an oral surgeon - they'll tell you exactly what's going on
    Thanks for the reply!
    May I ask how badly crooked your jaw is? Or what's the situation in your jaw in general?

    I've got a minor underbite and the midlines of my front teeth do not match.
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    (Original post by lunchbox)
    Thanks for the reply!
    May I ask how badly crooked your jaw is? Or what's the situation in your jaw in general?

    I've got a minor underbite and the midlines of my front teeth do not match.
    Well I have an underbite, and then the teeth on the bottom are sort of leaning backwards to compensate for that - so when I get the surgery they'll be breaking my jaw, moving the top one forward, the bottom one backwards and then moving my chin slightly to the right as my midlines also don't match. People say they don't really notice, but I'm really self-conscious about it so I want it corrected
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    (Original post by ibshort)
    Hey all,

    I'm 17, just started uni and have an 100% overbite, which means my top row of teeth end up in front of my bottom row when i bite, and my teeth are not that straight, hence i wanted this sorted out.

    I was advised by my orthodontist, in order to have straight teeth, i have to get my jaw realiged (jaw has to be broken in surgery and then aligned), otherwise the teeth will not stay straight after i have had braces.

    I have got my second meeting with one of the doctors on monday, but im reallllly scared now about the treatment, having braces for a couple of years first, and then having surgery (6 hours surgery, and nothing solid to eat for a couple of moths after surgery), thereafter i have to have braces again i think for a while.

    I'm more scared about the surgery than the braces tbh, and was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this kind of treatment, i feel very depressed at the moment...

    Thanks,

    Ib
    Hey one of my close friends just had this surgery about 2 months ago! I was really scared for her and she was also worried but was really wanting to get it done so went ahead with it! When i saw her about a week after i was expecting her face to be wrapped up in bandages etc but i was so suprised you couldn't even tell she had had surgery! She obviously looked different and her face was a little swollen but she said that it felt okay, it hurt a little but not as much as she expected. She did find it hard to eat solids (and still does i think, not sure !) and she lost a bit of weight but in her experience it was okay! Hope everything works out for you x
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    I just had this last Friday and it is not painful at all. I had a bimaxillary osteotomy and lip lengthening. Its all good and despite the swelling I see a major improvement.
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    (Original post by Sourire)
    I just had this last Friday and it is not painful at all. I had a bimaxillary osteotomy and lip lengthening. Its all good and despite the swelling I see a major improvement.
    That's good You're pleased you did it then?
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    i've got an overbite of about a centimetre, never bothered me in the slightest.
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    Have you got any pics OP - I used to have the same problem but not as bad as you sound when I was around 10-11 and then had years of orthodontic surgery to rectify the problem. Now I have straight teeth and a nice jawline - but I am worried about it receding but hopefully that won't happen. Good luck
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    (Original post by hannahhi)
    That's good You're pleased you did it then?
    I am definitely pleased I did it, I had 4 years to wait so I was all prepared for it and knew it was the right thing for me to do. No regrets. The thing with me was that I had an overbite and a gummy smile and now its gone.
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    (Original post by tiger_vio)
    I had braces but i have overbite. my orthadontist never said anything about surgery to me.
    I have a question:
    before braces, i had quite a big overbite. Then, for some reason when I had braces.. I started naturally moving my jaw forward all the time. It's now sort of stuck in that position, but it starts to ache after a while. I look like a totally different person when I put my jaw back into overbite again- if that makes sense!
    Does anyone else have this problem? Should I be able to click my jaw into overbite and underbite whenever I want? My friends keep asking me why ive started clicking my jaw forward all the time, so people are noticing me doing it.
    i had an overbite and wore retainer blocks to bring my bottom jaw forward, also had braces to straighten my teeth.
    now my jaw is very clicky and hurts from eating too much chewy food, and i also bring my bottom jaw forward most the time, however i put it back to chew on my back teeth/sleep, as when my bottom jaw is forward my back teeth dont meet (if that makes any sense).

    i also look totally different with my lower jaw back, not a good different either, hence having it forward.

    i went to see a jaw specialist due to its clickyness as sometimes it got so sore/stiff i couldnt open my mouth very wide! just diagnosed me with some common problem and gave me some exercises to do....exciting stuff, not!
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    My sister had both jaws done, I could get her to post here for you if you like.
 
 
 
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