Jaw Surgery Before and After
I had corrective jaw surgery on my upper and lower jaws on the 10th of August 2010 to correct my underbite (Class III malloclusion).
This article is a brief summary of my jaw condition and a week by week comparison with my pre-jaw surgery photos to see the progress I have made on a weekly basis. Detailed daily posts of the first 5 weeks can be found in the blog and the details will not be repeated here.
I shall use layman terms to describe my double jaw surgery because I don’t like to use the medical terms of jaw surgery, which make no sense to people who are not familiar with jaw surgery.
A Brief History of My Jaws
My jaw condition was inherited from my Dad’s family. I know of at least 8 other people� in the family who have similar problems like me.
As I was growing up, my lower jaw started to grow too much, resulting in a protruding lower jaw. My upper jaw did the opposite and didn’t grow as much as it should have – It was too low and too far back.
The incorrect position of my lower jaw caused the following defects:
- Underbite – lower jaw was in front of the upper jaw, which caused the lower teeth to be in front of the upper teeth, which is an abnormal position.
- Inability to close my mouth easily – I used to leave my lower jaw hanging by leaving my mouth a bit open. I did it because it felt more comfortable to do so and it looks a bit silly.
- Misplaced midline – The centre of my uppper and lower teeth do not meet. My lower teeth’s midline was off to the right.
- Titled lower jaw – The angle of my lower jaw was off to the right. I did some tests with my dentist to determine the slant of my bite and it was not straight when I bit down on a piece of metal.
The incorrect position of my upper jaw caused the following defects:
- Gummy smile – A lot of my upper gum used to be revealed because my upper jaw was too low.
- Flat/sunken cheeks – My cheeks used to look very flat and sunken because my upper jaw was too far back.
I believe my jaws could have been prevented if I received orthodontic treatment when I was 8 – 12 years old. Since I can’t turn back time, I can only imagine what could have been if my jaws were never allowed to grow out of alignment.