Tuesday, April 24, 2012

xrays and ortho

Well I got my my Sure Smile wire today and it feels like I just got my braces on again.  Substantial discomfort for sure.  I'm a little bummed because my ortho told me my surgery may not be in June as i had been told previously (by the other ortho at the practice).  He told me we would see how my teeth moved with the new wire.  I just want a date, I guess.  Maybe I'm getting a little impatient.  With a family and work and just life in general, I was really hoping for date.  Anyways, I didn't get one yet and life goes on just the same. 
They did tell me they had a phone consult with the oral surgeons and had sent more records to the surgeons office, so that is progess I guess.  They also emailed me my initial xray, so I can share that! 
I found a jaw surgery blog that I have been enjoying very much:  dhttp://www.doublejawoperation.com/

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How big of an open bite?

13mm. I have 13mm of open space. Only the back molars touch. Biting an apple? Out of the question, along with pizza, sandwiches, and much more. I saw everything up with a fork and a knife. Chewing is difficult, my jaw does get tired. And i am always pulling my bottom lip up to keep my lips closed, which makes my face look all weird. Like something that doesn't fit together properly. You can see in the picture how forced it is just to keep the lips together.

On April 24th I get my Sure Smile wire for my braces. They have told me this will move my teeth quickly into position they need to be in for my jaw surgery. Hoping surgery will be middle of June.i really am ready to have a jaw that functions. Hope to hear from some of you jaw surgery survivors and people just waiting patiently like me!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Oh how I hate them! But oh what awesome changes they have made. I am so glad I got them and that I am getting closer to having a normal bite. Can't even imagine what that will be like, but it's exciting!
Hello!  I'm Erin, 34 year-old married mom to a beautiful 2-1/2 year old girl.  I have currently been wearing braces since November 2011.  This is my 3rd time in braces.  I am about three months away from upper and lower jaw surgery for a nasty open bite.  I have been reading some blogs on jaw surgery lately and have found it both comforting and terrifying!  Thought it was time I started my own.  This is my very first blog, so bear with me!