Friday, 17 March 2017

3 Year Anniverary Update!

Hey everyone!

Today marks 3 years since my jaw surgery! I cannot believe how quickly time has passed since operation. Leading up to it all time passes so slowly and it honestly feels like it cannot go quickly enough. However once those braces come off and it truly feels like "life begins" time seems to fly by at rapid speed! I have been so lucky in my recovery process. I could not be more pleased with my results and I don't have any regrets with getting the surgery. I really do feel like this is the face I should have been born with. I spent some time looking through baby photographs of myself, and I remember thinking before I had my surgery that I looked nothing like when I was a baby. However since my surgery I have noticed I look a lot more like my younger self before my jaw grew out of control!

I have been doing my best to live my life to the fullest, smiling as much as I can't along the way. I get may compliments on my smile, and I am sure to tell them all the work and emotion that went in to creating the smile that I have. For anyone going through this process, please know that it can be extremely taxing on your physical and emotional health. Not only do you have to cope with the pain of braces and the surgery but it is a huge adjustment to get used to a completely new face! But I promise you it is so worth it in the end. To have the confidence to smile and laugh without hesitation is completely priceless!

As for the rest of my life, I have been happily married for a year and a half and we are waiting to move into our new home that is being built. We welcomed our first child, my sweet baby boy Lucas into the world on January 19th 2017 weighing 7lbs and 15oz and he is absolutely the love of my life! I love that I get to go through all of these amazing milestones in life with a big smile on my face. I don't fear photographs and I don't have to make sure that I sit at a certain angle so that my jaw doesn't look big. For anyone going through this journey I am wishing you so much happiness in life and strength to get through the hard times because you will be so happy that you powered through!!!

All the best !









Thursday, 28 May 2015

Picture update !

It's odd, I don't think about surgery as much, but I do think about the friends I made through the process. I kind of miss everyone and seeing everyone's updates! I am happy everyone is moving on and happy with how things are going, but sad I don't get to see everyone! 
My jaw feels great! I have had occasional soreness on the left side, I am hoping it's not irritation from the plates! But other than that I smile constantly! For the first time I get daily compliments on my smile! It's what I have been waiting my whole life for. 
My wedding is under three months away and I couldn't be more excited !! Pictures to come :) 
I miss you all so much!









Saturday, 21 March 2015

Old pictures

I came across this old picture and I couldn't believe how awful it made me feel. I remember I felt so self conscious, so embarrassed, so depressed about the way I used to look. This was taken after a jog with my fiancĂ© and I happened to be browsing through my running app when I saw it. 

A year has passed since my surgery and I am so so grateful every day that I decided to go through this. I feel so happy in my own skin ! 


Friday, 23 January 2015

Update

Hey all!! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays :) I am happy to say I have been problem free since my braces came off! No headaches or TMJD pain, also my teeth haven't seemed to have moved. I wear my retainers every night. Sometimes I can feel my teeth sore after wearing my retainer but I know it's just from my retainer keeping my teeth in place. Also, it gives me horrible breath in the morning lol 

Here are some update pictures :) 









Sunday, 30 November 2014

Braces removal

Okay so I am finally getting around to this post! Here is how my exciting day went! I had to get two more adjustments before I got my braces off, so I was at the first one. I was a little frustrated because I had come off of a night shift and had to wait two hours before my appointment. While I was waiting I was told my hygenists was running late with her appointments so she would be an additional 45 minutes before she could see me. At this point I was just plain grumpy, all I wanted to do was sleep. 

Finally when they called my name I went and sat in the chair and she started working on my teeth. She asked how my day was and I jokingly said "it would be better if you took my braces off" after having them on for what felt like a life time I was just fed up with looking at them I just wanted them off. I wanted to look and feel like a normal human being. She just laughed and said "not gonna happen" the orthodontist came over and the hygenists told him I wanted to know if I could have my braces off (I guess she took me seriously) to which he as well laughed and stated "not today" although I was completely joking I was slightly saddened by being turned down. He looked at my teeth and said "after today they can come off at any time" and then got up and walked off. About 10 minutes later he came back and said "I have found an opening in today's schedule and we can take your braces off at noon!" I suddenly was no longer tired I was so excited I couldn't contain it! And then I realized I wasn't wearing make up. Oh crap. I had everything planned out for my reveal of my new face and now I ruined it!

They bonded the inner bands to the top and bottom, what an awful experience. They really take their time putting them on. I know its a teadious process of ending the wire but jeesh my jaw was exhausted and my tongue was so dry. But finally they were on and they felt so weird. That fresh glue feeling, yuck!

So I sat in another chair and prepared myself for the pain of removing them! They had repositioned a couple brackets after surgery and popping them off has hurt a lot so I knew I was in for some pain. To my surprise they popped off like nothing, she had them off before I even knew what was happening. Then she polished my teeth, at this point the hygenists were all swarmed around me giggling with excitement. We had all gone through this together like a family and we were all excited! 

Then it was time for my big moment. My orthodontist grabbed my hand and put me infront of the mirror and I just couldn't handle it, I could not open my mouth! He kept saying SMILE and for the life of me I couldn't look. I don't know if I was scared or nervous or what but it took me forever to finally uncover my mouth. The second I did the tears came flowing and before I knew it we were all crying. 

It is so hard to explain to anyone who hasn't gone through something like this what it feels like. For the first time in my 24 years of life I felt normal. I wanted to smile and not hide it. 

This whole experience has been completely life changing and I am so grateful to FINALLY be on the other side of it. I will never stop smiling!!






Saturday, 8 November 2014

SUPRISE! Braces are off!

I got an early Christmas present!!!! MY BRACES CAME OFF EARLY!!!!!!  I will give the full story a bit later for but now here is me!! 


Friday, 3 October 2014

I have another date!

So we all wait and wait wait to hear the words "you can book your surgery" and then we wait and wait and wait to hear the words "you're ready to get your braces off" WELL after taking a year and a half to be told I could have surgery I thought for sure I had another year and a half in braces. 

At my last appointment my orthodontist told me that it would be February when I would probably get my braces off. To me that was far too long, I am so tired of being 24 with braces! So I was at the orthodontist yesterday and he was looking at my teeth. Asking me to move my jaw this way and move my jaw that way, pondering and pondering. And then he said "let's get those braces off in December" I wanted to leap out of the chair and dance !! 

DECEMBER 16th WOOOOOOOO

I have been so jealous watching everyone go trough this journey and come out brace free on the other side, get married and keep living their lives.. Well it's my turn ! And after all the pain and ups and downs of the past two years I must say, I think I deserve it haha. 

I will finally get my engagement pictures taken with my brace free teeth and I will not stop smiling for a second. Some times I look back at the pictures from when I was little and I used to smile so big and so much. As soon as my teeth started to come in crooked the smiling stopped and so did a lot of pictures. But that's no a problem anymore! The smiling is back :)

So I saw my surgeon who said everything looks great! And then right after I ran to my orthodontists. They put on a fighter power chain to close any gaps. They also shaved the bottoms of my teeth so that they are smooth and I don't have baby looking teeth. I am still wearing three Elastics which are a pain but I'll power through ! Ther than that I have one more appointment booked and then the braces come off! Woo!! 

Hope all is well :)



Thursday, 4 September 2014

Six months post op

We'll I am almost 6 months post op! First off I feel great and I smile every day :) I have zero numbness in my face which I am so happy about. Also I have no pain at all, just the occasional headache but those run in my family so I expect them haha. Life has been great since surgery! I barely think about the actual surgery however I am extremely tired of my braces and I am so ready for them to come off.

I had an adjustment about a week ago and I asked my orthodontist when they will be coming off. He told me not until probably February. So so far away :( but what can I do. Hopefully my teeth will move super fast and it will be sooner. I am not wearing power chains on both the top and the bottom and I have three elastics one on my left side and two on my right all in a triangle configuration. I don't feel my teeth move too much but I am sure they are. The look so straight to me.

Here are some update pictures, also some pictures I got from my orthodontist

Remember this girl? I sure don't!

Here I am! 







Monday, 14 July 2014

Almost 4 moths post op!

Some times I seriously cannot believe how fast time goes by. It's incredible! 

Jaw wise things are going really well, I see my surgeon in two days for a check up. I'm not necessarily numb anywhere anymore but when I touch my chin it still tingles a tiny bit and in a random small spot under my eye and on the tip of my nose. But I can tell the feeling will come back soon. I have had some pain on my left side of my jaw and random points, I'm sure it's just healing pain, I am not too concerned. I run my finger along my jaw line I can still feel where it was broken, I am not sure how long that takes to smooth itself out. I made the mistake of holding my dog while my fiancĂ© cut his nails and ended up getting smacked in the chin by my dogs head, wow did that ever hurt, it almost felt bruised for a day after. 

I am going to my orthodontist tomorrow for an adjustment. I really want to speed up the process and get these damn thigs off lol he seems to not mind going at a leisurely pace. I have not been as faithful wearing my elastics, I always start the day with them on and I always wear them when I sleep, but through out the day I tend to munch non stop and it's just so much work to put them on and off so much. 

Has anyone else noticed tht their skin breaks out a bunch after surgery?? Coming from a girl who always has decent skin and didn't really get too many pimples I have been breaking out like crazy since surgery. I am not impressed lol 

Life wise everything is amazing! :) hope all is well with my jaw surgery friends, hereare some update pictures