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by ohmyjaw
Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Essay wondering about post op appearance
Replies: 20
Views: 3857

Give it time... My face didn't look normal until 6 months post-op, at least. My nose was crooked after the surgery, too, and that took even longer to go back to normal. About a year, I would say.
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: For those that took a non-surgical approach...
Replies: 9
Views: 1472

I started out really not wanting the surgery, but I ended up going for it in the end. There's no crystal ball that can tell me how things would be if I hadn't done it, but I know I would be stuck with a retainer for the rest of my life, and possibly some stability issues. And possibly less ideal fac...
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: How long were/are you wired up for?
Replies: 11
Views: 1441

I was wired shut for 10 days, and I never had to wear any elastics afterwards.
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Playing the Flute
Replies: 8
Views: 1605

I am a trombone player and I adapted to the braces (eventually). It does take time. I don't acutally know any wind players who have had linguals, I would be curious to hear how it affects playing. Where does the tip of your tongue touch when you articulate? Does it hit the back of your teeth or the ...
by ohmyjaw
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Should I have jaw surgery?
Replies: 16
Views: 4605

Hi Angel, I had jaw surgery 14 months ago, and like you I was very resistant to the idea at the beginning. Basically, my orthodontist (as well as two others) told me they would be very reluctant to treat me if I did not have surgery, because the result would not be stable. My teeth would likely go c...
by ohmyjaw
Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: newbie on site an fresh from surgery
Replies: 3
Views: 744

Hi Ananda, It takes a lot of time so don't worry yet. For me, it took several months for the feeling to come back. So 10 days is really early to be concerned about it. I am about 14 months post-op and I still have one little numb spot at the corner of my mouth. I am afraid this might be permanent, b...
by ohmyjaw
Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Receding Lower Jaw
Replies: 31
Views: 13030

Yes, I would say two weeks is more accurate, but it's important to know that recovery time varies a lot from person to person. It could be longer or shorter, but there's no way to know for certain. It sounds like you have a lot of issues to work through before you get this surgery. Good luck and kee...
by ohmyjaw
Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Who is still numb after surgery?
Replies: 21
Views: 7590

I was quite numb for several months, so don't worry. Be patient. It's been over a year since my surgery, and I still have one little numb spot on my lip. So i'm guessing it's permanent, at this point.
by ohmyjaw
Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:01 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: TMJ corrective surgery... please help me...
Replies: 6
Views: 2550

Hi molly, Having your jaw wired shut is not very common anymore. Did you have a proper consult with a surgeon, and they told you this? Did they say why? Did they say how long it would need to be wired shut? I had my jaw wired shut for 10 days and it was not a big deal, honestly. The worst part was t...
by ohmyjaw
Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Surgery in a week
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Good advice from Happysmiler and Meryaten. I would add ice packs to the list.
by ohmyjaw
Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Zip and squeeze-how much shall i get..
Replies: 15
Views: 1746

You can definitely re-use the bags a few times. I think they (Zip-N-Squeeze) recommends using a new one every day or two, for hygiene reasons. How long are you going to be wired/banded shut for? I was wired shut for 10 days and I went through about nine bags. If you're going to be wired shut or tigh...
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: when people don't understand
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

loriawriter, I think you're absolutely doing the right thing by researching and getting several consultations. Jaw surgery itself has been around for quite some time and is generally very reliable in treating malocclusions. However, whether it's appropriate for you depends on your own personal situa...
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: when people don't understand
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

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by ohmyjaw
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Post surgery assistance
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

Hi Oneguy, I don't know if it is really necessary to hire a nurse/assistant to stay with you. Of course, it is your call, but I was fine on my own. Do you have a friend who could be on "stand-by"? Someone who doesn't stay with you, but is available by phone in case you need anything? How long are yo...
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Post surgery assistance
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

I agree with everyone else. My surgeon insisted that someone stay with me the first night after I was released from the hospital, but other than that I was on my own. But I did have a friend who called to check on me almost every day.