Just a quick update today to report on my orthodontist visit, my first one after surgery. The doctor was pleased, and a little surprised I think, to see that nothing was broken. He was very happy with how my teeth fit together. I will not have much work left.
THEY TOOK OUT MY SURGICAL HOOKS! I’m tickled pink about that. They really hinder eating and cleaning.
When they took out all my wires, they let me floss and brush with no wires in! I had done this all about 2 hours before, but you better believe I took that chance to do with wires out. I also caught a glimpse of what I might look like with the braces off.
After asking how I’ve been wearing my rubber bands, he changed up the configuration. I guess orthodontist trumps oral surgeon at this point. The bands they gave me are also tighter. However, they added a “power chain” on my front top teeth made of wire, to keep my front teeth together. I didn’t get any other explanation.
When I asked what my outlook was, he said very minimal tweaks, then see if my teeth behave, then probably have the braces off by summer. Just a few more visits! It’s hard to believe I am this close to the end.
All in all the visit went very well, better than expected. They were very gentle getting my wires back in. The main pain was from me tensing my jaws as I held them open. I had some pretty good pain for the next day. I thought I had gotten off easy, then I tried to chew something today. OUCH. I guess since I hadn’t been biting anything I couldn’t tell how sore I was. Good thing I’m eating soft food anyway.
Here’s a before/after of my profile. I have to say I do like my profile better now.
Not much happening other than all the good news from the orthodontist. I can tell the tenderness in my face is starting to go away. I can open my mouth 37mm, so hopefully the doctor will be pleased when I see him on Tuesday. Some of the muscles in the very back of my mouth are still tight.