I have corrective jaw surgery on my upper and lower jaws on the 24th of December 2012 to correct my underbite (Class III malocclusion).
This blog will be updated daily during my recovery time and will discuss the whole process. Personally, I had to go through this process with little known information. I hope I will be able to help several people go through the same thing.
This is a hereditary skeletal defect. More than likely someone in your family has the same problem you do. For me, I have no idea what side of the family I got it from. On my mom’s side no one has it, and my dad was adopted with no known medical history.
Growing up, I always had a slight underbite with an odd bite. (I was able to put my finger in the back of my mouth without even biting my finger.) In fifth grade, my orthodontist suggested getting braces to fix my bite and the gaps in my teeth. I had those braces for three years and got them off at the end of seventh grade. For three years, I tried various ways to correct my underbite. By the end, the braces did correct my slight underbite. Little did we know though, my jaw would continue to grow and braces would no longer be able to fix the problem. Note: After going through this process, I learned that braces will not correct an underbite. Braces are only good to move your teeth. Some orthodontist might tell you that they will be able to correct your bite with braces. However, your jaw continues to grow until you are completely done growing. I suggest not fixing it alternative ways. It will be a waste of time and money.
My orthodontist then suggested my family to schedule an appointment with an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. We knew since I was only 14, that it wouldn’t be helpful, just quite yet. (I was still growing..)We also knew that before I was allowed to be cleared for surgery, my wisdom teeth would have to be taken out. June 2011, my wisdom teeth were taken out… So, now at 16, we went to meet two different surgeons. Both surgeons kind of said the same thing–I definitely needed surgery, one suggested doing cheek implants, the other one didn’t. We wanted to get a third opinion so we went an hour south to UK’s hospital. After I met the surgeon, I just knew that was the man I should trust with my face. But… really I just kinda knew and liked everything he had to say. He was excited and did hundreds each year which made me confident in my decision.
In that time above, I also got my braces during May 2012. This time it was with a different orthodontist who was more specialized in dealing with oral surgery. Yes, anyone getting this surgery must get braces. It’s mainly for the surgical side of things, but you might as well make your teeth perfect.
During the first appointment, sometime in October, I met the surgeon, got x-rays, and discussed what exactly would be happening in the months to come. We scheduled the surgery to be December 24, 2012. Merry Christmas to me!: )