Sunday, October 23, 2011

Here is the post you have all been waiting for! :)

Brace free!!! I'm not looking too great due to the fact that I am being lazy today :) But my teeth look pretty! 

One of my front bottom teeth is slightly darker than the rest of my teeth and I think the root of the tooth may have gotten damaged during surgery. I am going to call and talk to my oral surgeon about it tomorrow. It isn't that noticeable to anyone else, but I notice it and it bothers me. After all that I have been through I feel like I should be 100% happy with every tooth in my mouth and this one little tooth is not making me happy. I hope that it is something that can be fixed or maybe it will fix itself over time. 

But here they are, the final brace-free pictures! 

Right after braces were removed :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I finally got time to take some pictures. Last pictures before the evil braces come off!!  

Before Pictures

4 Months After

debracing tomorrow!

I just need to rant a little bit about my braces. I think that because they know they are coming off tomorrow they have decided to completely tear up the inside of my mouth and put in excruciating pain. My top wire is poking the back of my mouth so every time I open my mouth to talk or anything my mouth catches on the wire and it cuts more into my mouth. I can't put wax on it because I can't really reach it and the one time I did manage to get wax on there, I went to open my mouth and it fell off. And every flippin bracket is rubbing all over mouth. It is like my braces are punishing me for taking them off or something! Just a few more hours and they will be gone forever!! Just had to rant a little bit. But other than the pain I could not be more excited that this day has finally come!!! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1 more week!!

I can't believe that in 1 week from today I will be getting these braces off!! I can't wait to see my final result and to share it with all of you! This final week is extremely busy for me so hopefully it will go by very quickly!! I meet with my oral surgeon last monday and he seemed very excited that I was getting my braces off this early. I thought he might be a little concerned but I was very glad to see that he wasn't! Next time I post I will be brace free!!!!! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Finally the end is near!

After being in braces 2 times..... 2 years the first time, and 1 year tomorrow for the 2nd time! I have finally reached the end of my journey! I will be getting my braces off for the last time on October 19th!!! 

Originally he had told me 4 weeks, but since my 22nd birthday is on the 21st of October, I asked him if he could do it a week early. And he was like of course!!! 

He was so impressed with my teeth and said there was absolutely nothing else to do to them! He did put a power chain on top and bottom and I am continuing the same elastic configuration. I assume this is just to make sure my teeth don't decide to move before I get my retainer.

 I am so excited! 3 weeks is going to seem like a lifetime!! This experience has been absolutely amazing and I wouldn't change a single thing about it. I hope that those of you who have just started this journey will find my blog helpful. I know that I still enjoy looking at other people's blogs just to see their before and afters. 

My teeth are absolutely killing me right now, but I know that I won't have much longer of that! I see my oral surgeon on Monday and I can't wait to see what he has to say and tell him the good news!!! 

No pictures unfortunately at this time. I just haven't had time, hopefully I will get a chance to do some before I get my braces of and then of course I will do some after so I can show off my new pearly whites! 

And for anyone who is curious about the price, my surgery was just over $75,000. I had a Lefort 1 osteotomy, septoplasty, and genioplasty (which we had to pay $1,500 for out of pocket).

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 91!!

Wow I can't believe it has been so long since my surgery! I feel like for the most part I am back to normal. I still pretty much think about my surgery every day. My gums and roof of my mouth are still completely numb. I am basically eating whatever I want with a few exceptions. I find it hard to chew with my mouth closed because I can't open my mouth very far yet so it makes hard to chew big pieces of food and move it from side to side in my mouth with my mouth closed. The joints have been extra sore lately and I think it is because I've been doing some exercises to try and get my mouth to open more. But my oral surgeon told me to be careful and that it could take months for it to get back to normal and that I just need to let it heal and not force it. 

In my last post I think I talked about my most recent visit to my ortho. He told me that I would definitely be getting my braces off in November and maybe earlier. I go back in two weeks and he will decide! I am hoping I can get them off before my 22nd birthday which is October 21st. I am going to beg him! haha He is trying to speed up the process with the power chain so hopefully it is helping! I am still wearing the same elastic configuration, a square on either side on my back four teeth. It is closing my molars. I am pretty sure all my teeth are touching now and it feels amazing! I love just looking at my teeth and seeing how they fit together perfectly! I can't wait to see the final outcome!! 

This surgery was worth every ounce of discomfort and pain that I had to go through. Because all that is temporary and the outcome is forever. I would do it over again in a heartbeat. 

Today when I was at work I had this older man ask me how tall I was.... I was like I am 5'8... and he was like you know models start at about 5'8 and I was like yeah I know they do..... and he goes but they have to be at least a size four or smaller and I was like yeah I definitely am.... and he goes you are absolutely stunning and have beautiful skin. It made me feel so good because sometimes I took at myself and I feel like I look weird. But then sometimes I feel like I look so much better than I did before and it feels good to have somebody notice and I bet he would have never guessed that I just had surgery 3 months ago. Not to mention that I am IN LOVE with my profile now :)

Here are some updated pictures of me just hanging out in the bed so they aren't that great but oh well. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

9 weeks post-op

I know I haven't posted in a while but I have been keeping up with everyone else! 
I thought I would update on my visit with my ortho today. Basically he said everything was beautiful. He had originally told me that I would have to wear my braces until December, but my oral surgeon told me that he didn't think that I would need them that long. So today I asked my ortho what he thought. He said he definitely didn't think I would need them until December!! which made me so happy! but what made me happier was...... that he said when I come back in 6 weeks if everything looks perfect then he will go ahead and take impressions that day for my retainer! I am so excited!!! So I am hoping to have my braced off by October, but he told me to aim for November so I wouldn't get my hopes up. But it just seems like since I had the surgery that everything has gone perfectly, better than we could have ever imagined, so I would really like to hope that next time I go in he will tell me everything is perfect! I just had to let everyone know that because it absolutely made my day! 

Oh and he put a power chain on my top teeth to make everything move a little faster, it is not so comfortable and I am continuing the same elastic configuration that he gave me last time. It is a square around my back teeth. 

I am pretty much eating anything I want, except hard crusts and chips are a little difficult. I have finally gotten used to my new bite which makes eating so much easier. All the numbness has pretty much gone. The tip of my nose is still a little bit numb and I feel like I still have some swelling in my cheeks. 

I hope that everyone is doing well! I don't have pictures to post today but I will definitely try and get some posted tomorrow!!!