This year I embark on an incredible journey to have my jaw repositioned. It is a decision my husband and I discussed and agreed not to put off any longer.
When I was sixteen I was told my lower jaw needed to be broken to fix the misalignment that I was born with. Instead it was decided I would wear braces to straighten my teeth only. To be honest, I don’t know what mother could decide to have her child go through that kind of surgery—it sounded just as extreme then as it does now.
Now over thirty years later, I am addressing the problem and fixing it hopefully for good. As I’ve gotten older I have noticed more problems with my jaw and beginning to feel “TMJ-like” symptoms. Even though there is no proof jaw repositioning cures TMJ, I believe proper alignment will improve alot of mine.
First step—Braces to reaalign my teeth and set then in place for the surgery. Just returned from my 8 week visit since I had them put on in December 2012 and things are progressing along nicely. My orthodontist said that my next visit won’t be for 10 weeks and then we will put on my finishing wire. I could have my surgery in six months.
More on adult braces, along with tips and tricks to be continued…..