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by kcjawjourney
Fri May 19, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Feeling a bit self-conscious...just got braces last week. Need some encouragement! Please!
Replies: 14
Views: 1518

Re: Feeling a bit self-conscious...just got braces last week. Need some encouragement! Please!

In response to your questions: 1. How do I get over being self-conscious? Not to sound insensitive, but you just do. I am a jaw-surgery patient and I cried the day I got my braces. I was 29, and I work in a job where I'm constantly giving presentations to large groups of people, and I lead a staff o...
by kcjawjourney
Thu May 18, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Unilateral condylar hyperasia
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Unilateral condylar hyperasia

I was the same way!! I noticed it in pictures a long, long time ago and I became obsessed with trying to hide it!! I would only pose in pictures on my "good side" and I was always so self-conscious because I felt it was so obvious and that everyone could see it. After surgery, it has definitely stra...
by kcjawjourney
Mon May 15, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Kissing after BSSO - does permanent numbness ruin it?
Replies: 2
Views: 586

Re: Kissing after BSSO - does permanent numbness ruin it?

I am 4 months post-op and my lower lip and chin are still completely numb...at this point, I have no idea if I'll ever get it back. I'm not going to lie, it does make kissing feel very weird. I still have normal movement in my lips, but I can feel the top lip but not the bottom, so the sensation of ...
by kcjawjourney
Mon May 15, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Unilateral condylar hyperasia
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Unilateral condylar hyperasia

Hi, @psmoovedetroit... I was actually diagnosed with something similar last year--hemimandibular hyperplasia. I've always known there was something wrong with my jaw. I had braces in middle school, and at one time, my bite and jaws were perfect. However, one side of my jaw continued to grow after I ...
by kcjawjourney
Mon May 15, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Are self-ligating brackets worth it?
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: Are self-ligating brackets worth it?

I have self-ligating brackets ("clear" on top, metal on bottom), but I agree with @sinkfullofdinner...I don't think I'd pay an extra $1,000 for them. This is my second time in braces, and I had traditional metal braces the first time around, and I don't feel as if adjustments are any less painful wi...
by kcjawjourney
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: BSSO first before sliding genioplasty?
Replies: 6
Views: 841

Re: BSSO first before sliding genioplasty?

I had a BSSO to rotate my lower jaw and I was VERY concerned about my chin being off-center after the procedure. The original plan was to do a BSSO and a sliding genioplasty (in my case, the movement was horizontal, not vertical like what you may need). However, two days before my actual surgery, my...
by kcjawjourney
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Question about Final Stages
Replies: 0
Views: 474

Question about Final Stages

Hello, everyone! I am 30 year-old with clear self-ligating braces on top, metal self-ligating on bottom. I'm also a little over 3 months post-double jaw surgery. At my last ortho appointment, my orthodontist said as long as my elastics worked as they should (I've been wearing them diligently, as ins...
by kcjawjourney
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Day 1 and I already want to rip them off! Help!
Replies: 20
Views: 1189

Re: Day 1 and I already want to rip them off! Help!

The first week or so is terrible, but it will get better. The pain will slowly go away and you'll get used to eating and brushing. The tissue on the inside of your cheeks will get used to sitting against the braces and it won't be as irritating. The day I got my braces on, I remember thinking "wtf w...
by kcjawjourney
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: First Ortho Appointment
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: First Ortho Appointment

Good luck! 12 months isn't bad at all, and I swear after the first couple weeks, it will go by so quickly. I've had mine on for 8 months already, and have about 6-8 weeks left to go (and I had surgery during this time). Since my surgery, I've had to wear elastics 24/7 in various configurations, and ...
by kcjawjourney
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Coffee lover
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: Coffee lover

I have clear, ceramic braces and I use a metal straw (available on Amazon) to drink coffee (hot and cold). Same thing with red wine. Even with the straw, I still swish with water after finishing. My dentist told me not to brush immediately after drinking coffee, as it actually speeds up the acidic e...
by kcjawjourney
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I want them off!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2674

Re: I want them off!!

I get it, adult braces suck. They are bulky, they make your teeth sore, they cut into your cheeks and lips, and they trap every possible crumb you consume. I thought I was mentally prepared for getting my braces on, but it was a STRUGGLE not to cry when the assistant handed me the mirror. I spent th...
by kcjawjourney
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: How many surgeons did you consult?
Replies: 13
Views: 1736

Re: How many surgeons did you consult?

I went to three oral surgeons. When I found my oral surgeon, I had him refer me to an orthodontist that he works with often on surgical patients. My advice: search until you find a team you trust and feel very comfortable with. I knew within minutes at my third consult that I found the right surgeon...
by kcjawjourney
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Cannting
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: Cannting

I had an upper jaw cant as well. When I started treatment, my surgeon and orthodontist both agreed they would try to widen my upper arch and attempt to correct the cant to avoid a Lefort. It did widen and level some, but not enough to avoid the surgery. I ultimately had a 3-piece Lefort and so glad ...
by kcjawjourney
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Confused on where to go from here..how did you get started?
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Confused on where to go from here..how did you get started?

Everyone's experience is so different, but I can share with you mine. I'm 12 weeks post-op. I had a BSSO and 3-piece Lefort in January 2017. As with most jaw surgery patients, my journey started LONG before that :-) In my case, I had braces when I was younger for several years. Unfortunately, my jaw...