I did things a little bit backwards, I was first referred to a surgeon by my dentist, so before seeing and orthodontist, I saw the surgeon. He was very nice man, explained things to me, took measurements and told me I would have to have double jaw surgery, not just one jaw, but BOTH. For anyone who has been told this before, you know at that moment you are completely freaked out, the thought of having two jaws broken and shifted around?! Terrifying! Unfortunately that was all we could do for the appointment and he referred me to an orthodontist.
One frustrating thing about going through the process is waiting for appointments, they are always at least a month away. So a month goes by and I am able to meet with my orthodontist who, to my surprise, is even nicer! I felt so lucky to have such an awesomely nice team working with me. There they took my history down, took my pictures (yuck), took molds and then sat down to talk. They asked me many questions such as what about my bite bothers me, does it cause pain, does it interfere with speech? They took measurements and sent me off to get x-rays and told me once they had the molds and the x-rays we could then sit down and make a plan.
Second appointment, of course after another month..
we sat down with my x-rays, pictures, and molds and he told me what the plan was. There I found out:
- I have an underbite, my lower jaw comes out further than my upper jaw
- my teeth are horribly in need of braces
- I have four wisdom teeth that need to come out ASAP
- my teeth are crowded and I will need to have one extra tooth extracted
- I have a cross bite
As you can see, I have a very dominant lower jaw (boooo..)