Thursday, May 16, 2013

Before and after jaw widening

Throughout my whole SARME experience I have of course noticed my jaw getting wider.  This is mainly because of the gap that has formed between my front teeth.  However because I look at myself every day, I don't think I realised just how much wider my jaw actually is.  Last night I took a photograph of the roof of my mouth and compared this to the same photograph I took before the surgery/widening and I am truly amazed at the difference.  So here are the photographs side by side, so you can see the difference too!  When I look at these, I have no doubt that I am doing the right thing.  

Enjoy the lovely nostril shots...


8 comments:

  1. Hiya.

    I have a first consult with a surgeon soon and your blog has been helpful. I wondered why did you need you upper jaw widened? Is this usual?

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    1. Hi Will

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. I haven't updated the blog in a while and I will be doing that this weekend.

      To answer your question - it was only the upper jaw I had widened - and yes it is quite normal. Lower jaws can be widened but this is a much more complex procedure. My lower jaw is wide enough and it's just the teeth that need rotating out a little.

      Good luck with your consult. Who are you seeing?

      Andy

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  2. Hi, Andy! As always, you never fail to let us in on the details of your journey. Well, I got to say that the changes are impressive. And true to what you say, seeing your jaw widen and adjust this much only means that you are gaining progress and doing the right thing. Please continue to update us!
    Lindsay @ Smile by Design

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    1. Hi Lindsay

      I have been lazy/busy/procrastinating, but finally after a year I am getting back to this blog and have just updated today. Still on the journey but I love the results so far. Thanks for reading and for your supportive words.

      Andy

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  3. Hi! I'm contemplating getting surgery for my upper jaw to be widened before having braces in order to have that perfect smile. But i'm not sure if its all worth it..a big factor for me is the surgery, costs and the aftermath of pain haha what was post surgery life like for you? did you have to get alot of time off work? was it difficult talking and eating?

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  4. Omg! Is that what this expander does! Jesus!!!

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    1. Haha yes - it may look scary but honestly it's fine. My gap was actually a lot bigger than you see in the second picture, because by this point I had bonded material to my front teeth to make the gap look smaller while closing. All up I expanded around 12-14mm which is one of the largest expansions they have done. I'm happy to say that as of this morning, my gap is completely closed. Another blog update coming in the next hour or so.

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  5. Hey i was wondering if you noticed a big change in your facial features, if u did was it for better or worse? Im excited but scared a little about the side effects on the cheek bones etc, its so hard to find info like ur blog online re. Adults, most info on this is on children. Thanks u so much for existing, this is the blog to check out for braces!

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