June 27th, 2016 I underwent dual jaw surgery. I am 6 weeks post-op now, so I thought it was time to talk about my story to you all since it might help someone going right through what I experienced. Up until I was 19 years old, I have always struggled with feeling confident in my own smile because unlike all of my other friends, I had formed the crooked, uneven tooth.
It definitely affected my self-esteem – the appearance of my tooth made me shut down from certain people. I had been afraid individuals were judging me based from my tooth. It wasn’t until I began working, that I could afford brackets. Having brackets really did improve my self-confidence – I used to be no more self-conscious about smiling with my teeth or laughing. Day One, my orthodontist explained braces alone would not fully correct my tooth – he explained to me that I had an open up and under bite, which would require surgery to repair my bite problem.
He told me that if I do not get surgery I possibly could experience grinding, which could result in even more damage. I already knew I had fashioned a bite problem, but I put no idea I’d need jaw surgery since this might be my 3rd major surgery especially. After doing some heavy research, I went with having surgery ahead.
As you can view, my front side tooth does not touch jointly, which is why I’ve that open space in-between. … Read the rest