18 Months Post Op

It’s now just over 18 months post op. I’m still wearing my retainers at night time and they still feel tight when I pop them in. When my braces were removed I was fitted with a permanent retainer on the front 4 teeth of my upper and the 6 front teeth of my lower jaw. I’m pleased to say these are still very much in place.

I think my teeth have moved very slightly overall but believe this is just them settling in to the bite post braces, one thing I have notice is that my lower jaw is very slightly over to the left- I am hoping that this is the extent of any relapse and that no more occurs as I think I can feel it on my teeth on the left – but I’m so paranoid I don’t know if I’m imagining it a little worse then it is…

I see my orthodontist on 28th April for a check up so I will mention it to him then.

I don’t have much more to report on the tooth front at the moment, I am still around 35% numb on my lower left lip and chin but all other feeling has returned. I am at the point now where I am starting to forget what my old face looked like and it is becoming more normal not to hide when a camera comes out. I still sit there sometimes and close my jaws together and am consciously aware that both sides meet – It still makes me smile… I sometimes bite food and look at the bite mark- again, such a novelty still.

I shall update again after my visit with the orthodontist in April, if anyone has any questions regarding my experience please do get in touch. I hope everyone’s jaw journeys are going well 🙂 xxx

18 months post op:

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18 Months post op/11 months after braces were removed x