Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lower surgery date approaching!

Headshot - 5/13/11

Right size - small gap still evident

Front view - first surgical hooks on top & bottom

Left size - two mm gap

Full-on underbite
Hello there and happy May! It's been a while since I posted, but I wanted to give an update on what's happening in jaw / bracesland. I had my surgical wires put on May 1st. The wires are a lot thicker and also have a bunch of pokey hooks. The worse of them being on my lower teeth - they love to snag on my lip while I talk. With a small amount of wax though - they are pretty maneagable.

I'm getting closer to my surgery date - 5 1/2 weeks to go. It's hard to believe that soon I will have a functioning bite and be done with my underbite and crossbite. :) I'm excited to get this process over with and don't feel too nervous overall about the surgery. Since having my SARPE last year, I feel that I know what to expect post-op.

There are a few things that I curious about though. First is how long will I really need to recover? For me, that means being able to manage my normal routine. It seems like you heal faster / move more quickly back to solid foods if you only have one jaw done, but I'm not sure if that'll apply to me too. The second thing I'm curious about is what am I going to look like after it's all said and done? I expect it will be an improvement, but wish I could have a better indication of how the surgery will change my looks.

Next up in my process are my two pre-op appointments in June and one more appointment with the orthodontist where he'll put on the rest of my surgical hooks. Fun times! 

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