I would fall under the bottom left category. As well as being blessed with naturally “buck teeth” I also have facial asymmetry where my top jaw decided not to grow at the same rate as my lower jaw and is now too narrow. My bottom jaw tried to compensate for this and now the right side of my face is 11mm longer and my chin is slightly over to the left side and has rotated slightly……
…. keeping up?…..lol
…2 years ago I decided that enough was enough – I was tired of looking like I was growling in photos taken from one side, my teeth didn’t meet at the front at all and I had to eat pizza with a knife and fork ( otherwise I would just end up leaving the base behind) I longed to be able to bite sellotape and was still getting over failing a module at beauty college for threading as I was unable to hold the string between my teeth to pull it.
I sounded like I was hissing when I said any word with an “S” in it and of course there was always the illusive piece of dribble that would appear from time to time if I was deep in concentration.
Spurred on by one of my friends that had ceramic braces to straighten out the front 6 of her teeth I decided that I wanted to speak with her dentist. I had been told I needed jaw surgery when I was 17 and decided against it as I just thought it would be OK, wouldn’t bother me and that I could just get on with things…. but 10 years later, still unhappy with my teeth and bite I decided to either stop moaning about it or take the plunge and do something about it.
I booked a meeting with her orthodontist who quickly said that this needed more help then just braces and that she could refer me to the hospital… and so it began……………………
………. I received a letter in the October with an appointment in the January (2012) for an initial consultation, it was there I met my Orthodontist Mr Power and a Surgeon called Caroline Mills, I was asked lots of questions, poked and prodded a bit, measured facially and had to hold a ruler in my mouth to show the gradient of how far things were out. It was verbally decided by the team right away that if I wanted to proceed with this, then I was definitely a case they would accept. I was sent of for X-Rays and facial photographs and a date was made for the braces to go on. I had to also go back for impressions to be taken of my teeth in between. The braces went on on May 5th 2012…
As understand, the planned treatment (in addition to my braces) will be:
Remove all 4 wisdom teeth:
Not too bad really as I will be under General for this ( so grateful for that!!! )
correct facial asymmetry:
Widen my upper jaw:
They will have to make a gap between my middle top teeth to cut down the center – if anyone out there has had this done please get in touch as I would love the opportunity to speak to someone who has been through this
(I will have a lefort 1 2 piece osteotomy)
Correction of long face syndrome and correction of open bite:
Oh, and I am having my chin broken a rotated
I am nervous to say the least and when I have tried to research this I can’t find much about all of these surgeries together, so I thought I would start this blog to hopefully help anyone that is going through this know what to expect, and how the recovery process is for someone that is 30 years of age.
Any feedback is always welcome – Thank you for taking the time to view my page x