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by PJ
Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Jaw surgery to correct Mouth Breathing
Replies: 6
Views: 2461

I had surgery over a year ago, and while I am not totally happy with the outcome, due to my bite still being off, I will say that I was a big mouth breather, and a loud snorer--and those problems, thankfully are gone. I am very happy with the result that way. I had to use a CPAP machine before surge...
by PJ
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: i posted this somewhere else but
Replies: 1
Views: 1038

I am, thus far, not thrilled with mine--I have no overjet and no occlusion. Plus, my face is a bit puffy on the right side--and it's almost a year since surgery. I am not sorry I went through with it, though. I had sleep apnea and snored like a chain saw, but that is all gone now. Plus, I can comfor...
by PJ
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Metal braces and Orthognathic Surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 5026

I Had ceramics, and surgery--one of the brackets did come loose during the surgery, however, that bracket has come loose before, due to being attached to a crown--they just don't stick as well to crowns. Anyway, it was no big deal and the surgeon never said it would create any problem.
by PJ
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: 1.5 years post-op and devastated after last visit to surgeon
Replies: 23
Views: 9815

I don't have anything helpful to add, but I just want you to know that I feel really bad for you. I had the numbness in my upper lip for several months--it felt like I had a dead slug resting on my bottom lip, so I can relate to how uncomfortable it must be for you, and the constant tingling can be ...
by PJ
Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Recommend an OD for a second, post braces, opinion?
Replies: 0
Views: 1164

Recommend an OD for a second, post braces, opinion?

I had my surgery in April 09, and just got the braces off in January, but I am not happy. I have no overjet in the front, and no occlusion in the back. My OD is not explaining if/how he intends to take care of this. The retainers he put me in are not actively doing anything. I want to consult with a...
by PJ
Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Upper/Lower Jaw Surgery went VERY wrong...HeLp?!
Replies: 14
Views: 13675

I am so sorry to hear about what happened to you. I have had some, much more minor, issues and am wondering if I might end up suing someone--my braces are now off, and I have no overjet and no occlusion on my back teeth. So, I can't begin to imagine how upset you are. I think a lawsuit may be the on...
by PJ
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth are now completely naked, but not happy.
Replies: 6
Views: 3462

Yep--the top and bottom front teeth hit--no overjet. I, too, wore elastics for a long time, but...
by PJ
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth are now completely naked, but not happy.
Replies: 6
Views: 3462

Oh, yeah--I did have BSSO and Lefort 1. Mine seems to be pretty far off, but I am glad to hear yours are close. Maybe that means there is hope for me. :)
by PJ
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth are now completely naked, but not happy.
Replies: 6
Views: 3462

I don't know who is responsible. I think a big part of the problem is that the front teeth hit--if I had overjet, the molars might be able to come down, at least some. He did cut off part of the clear retainer, stating that that way the back molars might drop down. My OD has not been communicative w...
by PJ
Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth are now completely naked, but not happy.
Replies: 6
Views: 3462

Teeth are now completely naked, but not happy.

So I got my lowers off today--completing the debracing process. However, I am really unhappy--not only does my bite just not look right--my back teeth don't meet at all. I got an Invisilign retainer for the uppers, and a regular one for the lowers. I still have no overjet, but the OD told me he woul...
by PJ
Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: January Debracing Club
Replies: 53
Views: 11256

Blindboarder-- Congratulations!! :D I wasn't as excited as you, more worried about pain. :) I had the uppers off 2 weeks ago and tomorrow my lowers come off. I am looking forward to seeing a braceless bite, but there is still work to be done, so I guess the excitement won't be until I am sure he get...
by PJ
Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Top Braces Coming off!
Replies: 11
Views: 3792

Braceface94-- Sorry I can't answer your questions about the retainer. I don't have much of a gap at all, and I got the Invisilign for the uppers. I am concerned that I don't have overjet, and while he said that would be corrected with the retainer, I don't see how this flimsy piece of plastic is goi...
by PJ
Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: January Debracing Club
Replies: 53
Views: 11256

Sdawdy--sorry, I didn't check back here, but it looks like you answered your own question about how hard it is to talk with the retainer. I wouldn't be much help, as I was given an Invisilign retainer for the uppers--talking is very easy!--and still don't have the lowers.
by PJ
Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Just Back from Costa Rica and Some Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

Oh, yeah--as for the swelling: I was told most of it was going to be gone (75%) by around 2 weeks. It took much longer for me, but I am 46. The younger you are the quicker you will likely heal. It also is really an individual thing--your general health makes a difference in your recovery too.
by PJ
Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Just Back from Costa Rica and Some Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1797

Congrats on your surgery! Chewing is different from talking, as it puts pressure on both of your jaws--even if your jaws are held together with screws, they are still broken and you could cause shifting or even additional breakage, if you don't follow the surgeon's orders about when it's ok to chew-...