Pictures

I thought I would share some of the pictures from my journey, pictures that have upset me in the past and made me even more determined to go for this and also some pictures during the process and after x

Pictures in order with the most recent first……

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side view X-Ray

side view X-Ray

8 plates, 36 screws.. no wonder its been so sore :(

8 plates, 36 screws.. no wonder its been so sore 😦

 

photo 2 (5)photo 1 (4)photo 5 (4)photo 5 (3)photo 1 (5)Day 6 photo 5 (1)Day 8 Day 7 Day 5Day 3photo 2 (1)Day 1Surgery Day

Surgery Day!!! - At this point, I had been told I would be called down to surgery in the next half an hour..... I was terrified.

Surgery Day!!! – At this point, I had been told I would be called down to surgery in the next half an hour….. I was terrified.

my "mock" operation model - this is where my bite will be after surgery x

my “mock” operation model – this is where my bite will be after surgery x

 

I feel this photo taken 8th June 2014 shows the angle of the top jaw being lower on one side quite clearly. (i do love standing next to Natasha, she makes me look very tanned! lol x)

I feel this photo taken 8th June 2014 shows the angle of the top jaw being lower on one side quite clearly. (I do love standing next to Natasha, she makes me look very tanned! lol x)

Crossbite, May 2014 x

Crossbite, May 2014 x I’m not sure if you can see, but the wire is very thick – this is the surgical wire, it is cube shaped as opposed to round. My surgical hooks will be placed onto these Β on June 27th – 13 days before the surgery.

May 2014 x

May 2014 x

May 2014

May 2014 x

May 2014 - 2 months to go until surgery x

May 2014 – 2 months to go until surgery x

Dec 2013

Dec 2013

crossbite/assymetry Dec 2013

crossbite/assymetry Dec 2013

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

Dec 2013 – looking much more aligned (even on my wonky jaw) πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if you can see it, but my upper jaw is slightly loer on one side. This will also be being corrected in surgery

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..

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

open bite and cross bite October 2012

open bite and cross bite October 2012, I hated the gaps sooooooo much 😦

more gappy pictures October 2012 - I hated how my teeth looked at this point :(

more gappy pictures October 2012 – I hated how my teeth looked at this point 😦

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

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 x

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)

Facial assymetry - this photo really upset me to look at :(

Facial assymetry – this photo really upset me to look at Β as I felt my face looked really crooked 😦

Hopefully you can see how the top teeth stick out and how they almost go into a point at the front due to lack of space in my upper jaw.

Hopefully you can see how the top teeth stick out and how they almost go into a point at the front due to lack of space in my upper jaw.

This was one of the last pictures taken before I decided to enter this process....I felt my face looked wonky and it really upset me.

This was one of the last pictures taken before I decided to enter this process….I felt my face looked wonky and it really upset me.

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18 thoughts on “Pictures

  1. Hi I’ve been reading your posts. I’m due to have the same surgery. Lefort 1 2 peice and lower either moved or a genioplasty.
    Very scared of the surgery! Just wondered apart from you looking great! do you feel the whole ordeal was worth it? I’m worried about not being to breathe when I wake up or the jaws not fusing back together. Your swelling looks minimal considering what you had done.
    I’m due to have my appointment with my surgeon next week to discuss as the braces have done their bit and I’m getting nervous. I think I have a lot of questions to ask him ref the surgery! 😁
    I will read your blog in detail ref your recovery!

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  2. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you for taking the time to comment. Like you, I was very scared of the surgery (ask for the magic gas before you go under!!! – its amaaaaazing!). I honestly do feel it was all worth it, the first week was very hard and the second was also extremely tough, For me the lack of sleep was one of the hardest things I found along with headaches (i imagine the headaches were pressure from the swelling???) I was quite lucky with swelling, it peaked on day 3 and by the 10 day mark it was acceptable to go out without stares although i remember feeling pretty weak after going out for a couple of hours – remember not to overdo it as everything will wipe you out. I slept sitting upright and used arnica and calendula cream, but i seem to heal pretty fast so that was lucky for me. In the first two weeks ice will be your best friend, after that heat is lovely as things feel quite stiff. Also i had the cold mask on in hospital for two full days and i feel that helped loads, I noticed that i swelled up a lot the day after it was gone so make sure you ask for one xxx please feel free to get on touch, I am happy to help in any way that I can. I have absolutely no regrets at all, i promise you the fear of doing it is worse then the actual recovery. the first two weeks will be the hardest by far, but my logic was 2 weeks of discomfort and sleep deprivation for a lifetime of aligned jaws was worth the trade off, stay as positive as you can and be so proud of yourself for going on this incredible journey xxx

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  3. Thanks for your reply! I’m a right wimp! Plus I’ve done too much research and that probably hasn’t helped! Your result is really good as you look the same but better. I’m worried about looking completely different as some people have said. Anyway I’m 43 and probably should have done this a long time ago although until my 30s it wasn’t that bad visually although the bite bothered me. I have class 3 with a cross bite. They will be splitting my top jaw in 2 to widen and then move down and forward. Bottom jaw will be either moved or just a genioplasty, I will find out more next week. I have a 3 and a half year old daughter so my main fears are because of her really. Being away from her for a week as I’ll need to recover at my parents for the first week so I’m worried she’ll be a nightmare for my partner and really upset I’m not here. But at the same time it would be impossible at home as she will be scared by my appearance and not let me have a minutes rest! When I get home she will just expect me to be back to normal as she is very demanding! So it’s going to be tough as I will be feeling guilty and stressed not being able to do stuff. I also worry about her reaction to me looking different.
    The not being able to breathe after is my worst fear though! I can’t breathe through nose anyway.
    If it all goes well ill be very happy though as I’ve never been able to close my mouth properly, I breathe through my mouth and I can’t cut with my teeth which is really annoying. My teeth are nice and straight. It is literally just my jaws.
    How has your life changed since? I’ve found it difficult to explain to people why I want it done especially as people look at me weird for having a brace not being a teenager! I look younger than I am probably more like in my 30’s and I don’t feel ready to just settle for the way they are. It’s hard for people to understand why I would do something so drastic as it’s major surgery with risks but people take for granted being able to use their jaws and teeth. Never mind being able to smile naturally.
    If it goes wrong ill massively regret it but if I don’t do it it will continue to bother me forever and I’m bored of not being ok with it.
    I have a choice of whether to pay the surgeon to do it who has many years experience or free on NHS but I won’t know who it is or how experienced they are. Cant really afford it as I’ve paid for tooth coloured braces already but for the sake of another 1k it may be worth it for peace of mind plus you get your follow ups with him.
    Did you have a choice ref surgeon and we’re you happy with the aftercare? No rush to reply and don’t feel obliged! I emailed you because saw you had lefort 1 in 2 peices and that’s what scares me most ref the recovery. A lot of people only have one peice.
    X

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  4. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for your reply x I understand all of your fears and reasons for going for this. Someone will always have an opinion on anything you do or dont do, focus your energies on you and not worrying what other people think, they haven’t lived your life, with the bite you have so can probably never truly understand.
    I was under the NHS and honestly I cannot praise the surgeon and orthodontist enough. I would stay with the NHS, a lot of the surgeons that work with the NHS also have private surgeries, plus the NHS will ensure processes are met and followed precisely.
    You will meet your NHS surgeon many times before the surgery, and you can ask questions. I too was worried and asked how many cases like mine he had done, how long he had been performing surgery etc, which really put my mind at ease. I’m not sure where in the UK that you are based, I’m pretty near London. if you wanted to, please feel free to email me at alisonrocks157@hotmail.com perhaps we can swap numbers and have a chat about things?
    In the end i only had a 1 piece lefort 1, and part of the upper at the back removed due to open bite plus a cant was corrected at the front. the initial plan was a 2 piece, but in the end the surgeon narrowed my lower jaw instead of widening the upper. like you, i was most concerned with the upper jaw surgery, but honestly, the lower gave me more pain afterwards.
    Sending lots of god vibes to you, you brave lady!!! when in doubt, think about how you will feel when your bite is aligned… and you able to bite through things with your teeth. ( i still get excited when i see a clean bite mark through things!) xxx

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  5. I have a crooked jaw abs misaligned teeth thar don’t meet when I bite down. I was offered surgery to correct when I was a teenager and my mum refused to give permission. I’m now 37 and considering whether to do it now as it can only get worse. Was it very painful? I’m scared. Was it worth it?

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    • Hi Jo,
      Thank you for your comment. Knowing it would only get worse was definitely one of my driving factors in making my decision. I was very very frightened but honestly the anticipation was worse then the actual process. Yes it really was painful however the pain didn’t last and i believe it is worth it for the lifetime of aligned jaws. The pain can be managed and become a big discomfort. The first week is pretty awful but once you are past that it all starts to get much better xxx please feel free to get in touch if you have any more question xxx and well done for being brave enough to be considering taking this step x

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  6. Hi,
    I’ve been doing a lot of research related to cross bite. Due to my crooked jaw misaligned teeth, I hate taking photos and it makes me really sad. Talking about self esteem, all gone down the drain. I wonder how much did it cost you for the whole procedures. I have been considering of doing it before it’s too late. I’ve been bullied my entire life because of my crooked jaw 😦

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    • Hi,

      I was lucky enough to be under the NHS, this is a free healthcare system in the UK, so my braces and treatment were free.
      Wishing you the very best of luck on your jaw journey xxx

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  7. Hi Alison,

    Your blog is awesome and you look great! I also have the same problem. I have asymmetrical face with a cross bite and TMJ. My lower jaw is deviated to left side and upper jaw is slightly to the right. My face is wonky and when I take a selfie I look lopsided. On top of that, my midline is off and I’m missing one lateral incisor. This depresses me a lot and it’s the cause of my low self esteem.

    My treatment plan is to create gap for an implant and double jaw surgery. First surgery then implant. The process seems to be so long and I am being very impatient!!
    I did a lot of research and found your blog very helpful to get an idea of the outcome of the surgery. Some people were not happy with their nose after the surgery. Does the surgery affect the shape of your nose? Also, did the shape of your lips change during the braces processs? I feel that my lips and my cheeks have changed since I got braces. I’m really hoping my face would look better and symmetrical after the surgery.

    I am 30 years old and I’m waiting to get married after the surgery. I am not sure if that’s a good idea as I’m not sure how long it would take after the surgery for me to become normal and my braces to come off. I would appreciate it if you could help me answer these questions. Thank you so much again for sharing our experience as I found it very helpful and it gave me hope!

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    • Hi Kelly,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I’m really pleased my blog helped you xx
      I think my nose did change by getting very slightly wider but I can only notice this in before and after photos and it may just have been because my face was more symmetrical after surgery.
      My lips changed shape a little with braces but not really, it was only because braces were behind them. After the braces came off they were back to normal- I thing my top lip ended up slightly narrower but this may be due to the face it wasn’t being pulled to one side anymore or it may be due to the stitches after surgery, but it’s minimal.
      I got married with my braces on but from a recovery point of view it took about 6 weeks to look almost 100% normal with just slight puffiness that only I was aware of. I had my surgery in July and my braces came off 7 months later in the following February. I am in the U.K. And my treatment was under the NHS so if you are a private patient it may be a little quicker but I would still allow 6 months- you don’t want to rush the last part as it’s the fine tuning of your post op bite.
      Wishing you all the very best- please let me know how you get on with your jaw journey πŸ™‚ xxx

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  8. Hi Alison,

    THANK YOU so much for this blog! I have read and watched every video on here and laughed/cried with you as some of my own thoughts/fears are echoed by you. You have no idea how much comfort it gives to know someone else is out there who has been in my position going through the same procedure. I am currently just starting out on my ‘jaw surgery journey’, aged 29 for severe class 2 malocclusion (although I don’t have asymmetry). I am facing double jaw surgery and genioplasty under the NHS hopefully in about 12-18 months time. My braces went on last week (having had my wisdom teeth removed under GA in April) and at the moment I’m struggling to get used to them! The thought of how much longer I have ahead is depressing and I’m feeling very impatient.
    I wanted to ask you whether your timescale was as you anticipated? Did it take the amount of time the surgeons/orthodontists advised it would? So far everything with me has been rather drawn out and long winded! For instance, it took 5 months to get my wisdom teeth removed (they wanted to do this prior to my braces being put on), another 3 months after to put the braces on (even though they said I should have an appointment in a month) and then my next brace adjustment should be in 6-8 weeks but the next available appointment is in 12 weeks! I don’t want to sound ungrateful to our amazing NHS but I’m finding myself getting frustrated at the delays. I, like you, was offered surgery at a much younger age but declined as I was focused on my career as a veterinary surgeon and couldn’t face the surgery, but now I’m a bit older it can feel like you’re putting you life on hold! (A little shout out to Kelly above, I completely empathise with your marriage dilemma as I actually decided to delay my surgery another year and got married 9 months ago prior to my braces going on. I didn’t want to delay getting married for 2-3 years but also didn’t want to be wearing braces in my photos either! Now I have the dilemma regarding starting a family, do I wait until after all this process is finished or make the surgery fit around a family? It’s really tough weighing everything up isn’t it?!)
    My other question for you Alison is how did your loved ones/husband find the whole process? My family and especially my husband have been wonderfully supportive of my decision (even though he doesn’t think I need the surgery and look “beautiful just as I am” Bless!) but I know he is worried about such a traumatic surgery and how I will cope with it all. I would be really interested to know how they found the whole experience? It must be hard watching someone you love go through it even if they are strong and brave characters!
    Thank you again for this. It really is such a wonderful resource for other patients.
    Kindest regards,
    Nicola

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    • Hi Nicola,

      Thank you so much for such lovely comments! I’m so pleased that it was helpful for you πŸ™‚

      In all honesty the timescale was around 6 months longer then I would have hoped, but my original surgeon left and I had to wait for a new one to be recruited so this probably slowed the process down a little. The time scale given for orthodontics was pretty realistic, they said around 2 years in braces pre op and i think I was 2 1/2 years. I do need to point out that my teeth were very crooked before so you may be shorter pre op.
      I was lucky as my husband supported my decision either way (although I wanted to do it anyway and would have gone for it regardless, the asymmetry was really impacting my self confidence and it was something i felt i needed to do). My Mum would have preferred that I didn’t as she was worried about the op, but I knew it was the right decision for me.

      In terms of the experience, I became very impatient after about a year in, then again at 6 months pre op, until the op. It was strange, the closer the operation got, the more impatient I got. I can honestly say in terms of worry, the anticipation was far worse then the actual surgery. Th first 2 weeks were tough after the operation but it was all worth it to finally have aligned jaws.

      Wishing you the very best of luck x

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  9. Wow, your look before is just like me now, I’m tempted to ask for what you have had done, looks like the journey was worth it as you look great now.
    Thanks for sharing this. Xx

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    • Hi Lulu,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I had my upper jaw lifted on one side to correct a cant, I also had a little wedge taken out of the back to correct an open bite. On the lower I had some bone removed to make things symmetrical and I also had my lower jaw arch narrowed to enable it to fit under the top jaw xx

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      • Thank you so much for this post!
        I’ve watched every video. So imformative. I have no clue where to even start with getting help for my smile 😦 I had braces when I was 12/13 but I’m now 28 and my teeth are the worse they’ve ever been. I also have a noticeably wonky jar which seems to be getting worse as I get older.
        You’ve said you were able to get your treatment done on the NHS, how did you go about this? Would love to know.

        P.s thanks again for sharing your story.

        Many thanks,
        Kelly x

      • Hi Kelly,
        I’m so sorry it has taken so long to reply.
        Initially I went to my dentist regarding braces and my bite and she said it was so much more then just braces required. It was the dentist that refereed me to the hospital. The hospital appt confirmed that they would need to do surgery to correct my bite and left the decision with me to proceed or not.
        They were lovely xx

  10. I guess my question is…could you talk about the process with numbness. How long did it take you to be able to eat/drink out in public without worrying about food or liquid dribbling/drooling out of your mouth involuntarily? Could you describe your process with the numbness?

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    • Hiya,

      Thank you for your comment. regarding the numbness, initially it was my lower left side that was numb and the roof of my moth. The roof of my mouth regained feeling and my lower left (about 3cm wide) has around 50% numbness. While I cannot tell if I have pastry on my lip, I can tell if I have fluid on there, I didn’t dribble involuntarily from the surgery or residual numbness at all after I had healed. Wishing you all the very best xx

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