22nd May – 7 weeks to go

The merry-go-round of thoughts and feelings seems to be getting a little bit faster. I thought I would do one last recording before the appointment on 5th June just to record where I am with things at the moment. In the video I mention how weird it is to think that in 8 weeks my bite will have been changed forever – I know I’m a deep thinker and that I probably ponder certain things way too much, but I’m glad to have blogged the journey. I hope that It helps other people on this journey, or even helps people considering this. Equally even if you just wondered what the process is and wanted a patients perspective, I hope this has answered some questions. Right. I’ve had a bit of a video overload recently, so I’m not going to do any more for a couple of weeks. I’ll let you know how the 5th June appointment goes, I’m sure it’s going to entail loads of mouth moulds – cue the awful noises, growling, heaving and dribbling – The glam life of a jaw patient lol xxx Joking aside I am so grateful for all of the work that has been done and is being done for my case,  – I have a reputation at the orthodontist clinic for saying “thank you” all of the time – but I am so grateful for all of the help, and think that saying thank you is the least I can do. The moulds are extremely important as these will be used to make “splints” that will guide my surgeon during the surgery and also hold things in position in the weeks following. A mock operation will also be done on these so that the surgeon can make the final surgical plan. This time in 7 weeks I will have been at the hospital for 3 hours and may possibly be in theatre……hmmmmm, this is becoming very very real x

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The journey of my toothy pegs so far….

I knew in my head that my teeth were crooked and crowded at the start of this, I was looking through my photos and I found pictures that I had taken of my teeth throughout this process – I am so glad I did – I cannot believe the difference, I suppose when you see your teeth every day you don’t realise just how much they have been moved…..Even pre op, I am so pleased with the difference already. Now, just to sort this wonky jaw 🙂 ………….

The close up right at the start... as you can see a huge lack of space and lots of overcrowding going on This would have been in May 2012 (whilst I still had my wisdom teeth)

The close up right at the start… as you can see a huge lack of space and lots of overcrowding going on This would have been in May 2012 (whilst I still had my wisdom teeth)

The braces had only been on for about a week at this point, still getting used to them x

The braces had only been on for about a week at this point, still getting used to them and trying to learn how to smile without my lips getting stuck to them – oh the fun lol  x

Hello Gaps! - I remember being quite upset about the gap between my top teeth - I couldn't understand why they were being made

Hello Gaps! – I remember being quite upset about the gap between my top teeth – I couldn’t understand why they were being made, this would have been about October 2012

open bite and cross bite October 2012

open bite and cross bite October 2012, I cant say I was at all impressed at this stage, to me my teeth looked even more of a mess then when I started. I hated the gaps 😦

more gappy pictures October 2012

more gappy pictures October 2012 – The bands on the lower teeth were criss crossed to turn them, I remember this hurt quite a lot and the teeth were tender for about 2 weeks.

This would've been at around early May 2013 - thank goodness the gaps are gone and the teeth are starting to look quite nice :)

This would’ve been at around early May 2013 – thank goodness the gaps are gone and the teeth are starting to look quite nice 🙂 My lovely Orthodontist changed the bands for me just before my wedding.

May 2013 - I can't say I ever imagined I would have braces on when I got married, but it would've meant delaying the treatment for a year, After taking a step back and not being so vain I took the decision that getting this fixed was way more important then having a set of braces on when I got married...

May 2013 – I can’t say I ever imagined I would have braces on when I got married, but it would’ve meant delaying the treatment for a year, After taking a step back and not being so vain I took the decision that getting this fixed was way more important then having a set of braces on when I got married…

So the braces came down the aisle with me... as i say, not how i'd imagined it but I'd decided not to put things on hold for a set of braces, ideally I would'nt have had them on for my wedding day  but I was grateful that the gaps had been closed by now xx

So the braces came down the aisle with me…  ideally I wouldn’t have had them on for my wedding day but I was extremely grateful that the gaps had been closed by now  x

Dec 2013 - looking much more aligned (even on my wonky jaw) :)

Dec 2013 – my teeth were looking much more aligned (even on my wonky jaw) 🙂   From about April 2013 I was much happier with the positioning of my teeth – I think I was just so grateful that the gaps at the front were gone. My bottom teeth took longer to straighten but they were really crooked to begin with

crossbite/assymetry Dec 2013

crossbite/assymetry Dec 2013

Dec 2013 (excuse the pose lol) xx

Dec 2013 (excuse the pose lol) xx

so from this.....

so from this…..

... to this took 2 years x

… to this, took 2 years x

First wave of panic… 7.5 weeks to go….

I had a mini meltdown on Friday and felt very scared about undergoing the surgery… It was just an intense few minutes of total fear… I’m doing my best to keep calm when I feel myself getting scared and have decided that the best way I can cope with these feelings is to just “hand it over” as it were, and trust that whatever it is that is looking out for me, a guardian angel? A higher power? will keep me safe. x

9th May Ortho appointment

“Alison Rocks” Called the nurse – My turn to go in…. When i went in there was the nurse who had called me, two people I’d never seen before, my orthodontist and also James (the technician who I’m seeing on 5th June) – wow, all these people here for me – I felt very cared for 🙂

“So you’ve got a date” said my Orthodontist, “Yep” I said “10th July!” – I mentioned to him that I was now under the care of Mr Messiha, he said that I wasn’t, I showed him the picture of the letter and he said he would chase admin as I was under Mr Shorafa, I must have looked very puzzled as he showed me Mr Shorafa’s diary and I was on it – I explained that I’d called the line and queried this but that I had been told that I would meet him on the morning of the surgery. Mr Power said that this was incorrect and that I was definitely under Mr Shorafa, he asked me to email him the picture, which I did and he sent an email off to investigate this mix up further, but confirmed that I wasn’t to worry, Mr Shorafa was going to be my surgeon.

He confirmed the appointment with James at 2pm on the 5th June and asked if James could do it any earlier so he could also be present. my appointment is not at 12.30 on 5th June and they will both be present. I appreciate this so much, I feel so lucky to have an Orthodontist that cares as much as mine does.

My bands were changed and replaced, on the upper teeth I had metal ties applied, these apparently have the same function as the bands but are used in surgery as they are more sterile – the rubber in the bands can hold more bacteria. I do find all of this so interesting, and enjoy learning about it.

I was given more dates to see Mr Power after the operation – this made everything feel so real – wow – post op appointments, scary stuff!!! – I have the op on the 10th July, I see Mr Power on the 17th at 9am, the 24th at 9am and then I have a joint clinic with Mr Power and Mr Shorafa (my surgeon) on 31st July at 12. He said they will play things by ear and that I may need more or fewer appointments the first month after, but i trust Mr Power completely and know he will choose what he thinks is best.

My teeth were not moved this time and after the 5th June I will find out if i need the mandibular split to narrow the lower jaw further so it tucks under the top teeth nicely. I feel quite calm about things at the moment, a little scared but ok. I have the “talk” with my boss on Monday – i’m dreading it, but it needs to be done, I will let you know how it goes.

Facial balance and Thoughts 9 weeks pre op…

I thought that I would do a video each month before the op to see the final face shape going into it, to see the thoughts and feelings I have and how they change as the operation gets closer and also just for me to look back on one day. As much as I like to write about things I think a video perhaps catches more and is perhaps a bit more personal. I thought it may also help other people going through this see how things are when talking/smiling etc pre op and give them some comfort. As always if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask x x x

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Happy birthday braces, this time 2 years ago you were brought into my life (and my mouth lol)

birthday

In the nicest possible way, I hope we don’t have a 3rd birthday together, however I am grateful for all of the changes you have made to my bite and my teeth 🙂 x x x