Hey everyone, I've just joined this forum after doing a small search on google.. starting to lose hope with my situation and felt as though hearing some other people's opinions might help me. Let me know what you would do in my case please.. I'm a 16 year old British girl (17 in Sept), wearing braces and sporting a big overbite, of about 15mm(?) I'm pretty sure that's what I've heard the dentists say. My last orthodontist said this was a rare/ish case and wanted his students to have a look while i was having treatment. I first got metal train-track braces at age 13/14 to start fixing my crooked teeth (nothing to do with the jaw at this point) and wasn't too careful with how i cared for them. They were taken off after the wires came out of the brackets too many times! I remember being told something about my jaw not being right but don't remember exactly what he said, I'd known there was a problem anyway. Despite not looking after them then, few years on I'm a completely different person and very mature for my age. I've dropped out of school because of this, heavily regretting it because I could have easily achieved, had no problems in that area.
I've been through depression because of the same reason, major issues with how my jaw makes me feel about my image and came out on top, only through a couple of counseling sessions and luckily finding a person I've been able to talk to everyday.. here's the problem, leaving school I pushed away all of my friends, came out with absolutely no GCSE's and totally stuck. I managed to get a job in a local restaurant but couldn't hold it down for more than two weeks, I'm that unhappy with myself in this area
this I find shameful as I've always wanted to work etc, been bright, and this whole issue has torn me down and continues to do so more and more everyday. I'm 16 now and recently got braces back on after registering with a dental spa, obviously very happy with this but the problem is not so much the teeth as I've yet again discovered, it's my jaw, and my current dentist confirmed my worries of it being crooked, weak etc but didn't recommend me having jaw surgery! Told me a story about how it might paralyze my bottom lip of feeling and any reputable surgeon wouldn't perform on me anyway. He says it's not anything major and it doesn't need that kind of thing, it's not that big. To me it is the world, I don't have any friends, I don't go out unless I absolutely have to, you could say I have no life, I'm pretty sure I've developed a little bit of agoraphobia and know for sure I have slight social anxiety. I have applied to college this month to get my GCSE's in September time, so that's big motivation because they're essential and required for the career I want and determined to achieve.
Failing to get anywhere I went to the doctor last week, and told him everything. He suggests counseling to talk about me getting over this worry with how I look, (even though it's confirmed) and that I'm being unrealistic. I was a little taken back and quite upset by this if I'm honest. I know I have my head on straight! This is not for cosmetic reasons either, my jaw clicks when opening, I cannot breathe properly, my bite isn't right, can't bite down food right, will affect me more and more as I grow up. Thank you if anybody's read through all of this, please suggest what to do next? I won't give up on this as it affects me in a great, great manor and should be entitled to having something done about it as many others have. I'm completely in the dark with what to do next although I am considering finding some private oral surgeon and trying for a consultation with them, although money is slightly tight. What do you think? What would you do? I'll be extremely grateful for any help!