Before and After Photos
These photos and X-rays were taken both before and after my double jaw surgery experience. They do a decent job of showing the drastic change that took place on the operating table.
Before the surgery
These X-rays show my bite when I first got braces in 2008 and again two years later when my teeth are aligned. The photos demonstrate what I looked like just before having surgery.
A few things to note here are how poorly my teeth fit together and the fact that my lower jaw extends beyond my top jaw (ie. underbite). I never realized quite how crooked my bite was before the braces worked their magic.
After the surgery
These photos and X-rays show the state of my bite three months after having surgery. A few things to note here:
- I look much more confident when I smile.
- My teeth finally fit together like they’re supposed to.
- Sadly, my molars aren’t touching on the left-hand side of my mouth.
- Oh, and I have 8 titanium plates permanently holding my skull together… cyborgs unite!
That pretty much sums it up! If you have any questions about jaw surgery, feel free to post them in the comments!
November 10, 2018 at 9:29 am
Thank you for sharing your journey. It does help mea lot in the preparation for the double jaw surgery. Today is my 3rd day post surgery and I am feeling the tension of the incision and couldn’t sleep well after the surgery.
February 21, 2018 at 10:02 am
I need doubl jaw surgery
February 21, 2018 at 10:03 am
Plz send me what’s up no
March 20, 2017 at 6:22 am
i had lower jae surgry 1 year ago…everything was fine till 1 year but again now i am noticing a little underbite…is jaw growimg agai?…i am having braces currently…so the reason for underbite is teeth moving or jaw growing ?…does jaw grow aftr surgry…i am currently 20 right now
December 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm
hi,Graham i am having double jaw surgery tommorow and one of my main fears and probably only fear about it is waking up during surgery ? Did this happen to you ?
December 11, 2016 at 1:48 am
I am getting double jaw surgery in 5 days and I’m extremely nervous. I’m nervous about having permanent nerve damage although my doctor tells me the chances of that happening are very slim since I am young (18) and very healthy.
November 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm
Hi, I have been thinking about doing the surgery to correct my overbite but i have being weight out the risks vs rewards. My doctor told me that i have a higher risk of having permanent numbness as my lower jaw have to be moved out more than the usual. Have u suffered any permanent numbness and if so, is it really bad? Thank you!
November 8, 2016 at 1:54 am
Yanda, I have permanent numb patches in half of my lower lip and chin, but they no longer bother me and I honestly don’t even remember they exist until someone asks about them. If you do end up with permanent loss of feeling, your brain can usually adjust quite quickly to the damaged nerves and will stop triggering the “pins and needles” feeling that is commonly associated with numbness. I recall it taking about 6 months before I stopped noticing my numb areas. 😊
December 10, 2016 at 10:55 am
Thanks for the reply. I have decided to go ahead with the surgery but it will happen only in 2018 as i have to put on braces first for around 1.5 years.
How much is your speech affected after the surgery? Im a little concern as i will be doing the surgery amidst my uni days. Thanks in advance.
December 10, 2016 at 11:37 am
It will be very difficult to speak during the first month of recovery because you may have a splint in your mouth. After that, speech returns quite quickly. That being said, there is never a “convenient” time for this surgery, so during university is as good a time as any to go through it. Just be sure to explain to your friends and professors beforehand that you’ll likely be unable to participate in conversations for the first few weeks. 😊
(As a side note, the reason I started this blog in the first place was because I couldn’t speak to anyone during the first month and I wanted to be able to explain how I was feeling to friends and family.)
October 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm
Hi graham , im about to do my double jaw surgery in korea at march 2017 . I would like to ask you what to prepare and how does it feels after surgery ? Have u experienced any unbearable pain after doing surgery ? Thanks
October 27, 2016 at 11:59 pm
Leni, exciting to hear you’ll be having the surgery early next year! If you read through the Recovery Tips, Recovery Timeline, and Common Questions pages on this site, you should be able to find answers to your questions. Overall, the recovery is not really painful, but it is very frustrating and tiring. If you have any specific questions after reading the pages I mentioned, let me know! 😊
November 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm
Hi Graham ! Ive read the page . I have some concern that scared me its like as what my dentist told me is a big surgery and dangerous im scared to imagine that i will cut my skull which is a hard bone and the after effect like temporary numbness . What do u mean by frustating ? What amkes u frustated after did surgery ?
November 2, 2016 at 5:02 am
Leni, the recovery can be frustrating due to being unable to speak clearly and eat solid food for the first month. As long as you have someone to take care of you for the first few weeks, you’ll do great!
If you have other questions, please join the chat group. There are numerous people who are currently in recovery, so they’ll be able to explain exactly how they’re feeling. 😊
November 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm
Thanks Graham uve been so helpful 🙂
Theres one thing that also makes me very nervous about ghis surgery as my dentist told me is a big surgery and very dangerous . Do u think so ? And also how long until the numbness gone ? Thanks so much
September 3, 2016 at 11:55 pm
I’m 10days out from having double jaw surgery… And I’m already over drinking any type of shake. I’m so hungry. Any advice on what the best options for food are?
September 5, 2016 at 12:19 am
Jenny, have you tried blending Campbell’s Chunky soups? You can even heat them up before blending them so they taste better. They are a nice change from the sweet shakes and should be able to tie you over for the next little while. 😊
May 20, 2016 at 11:12 am
Hiya I’m post op 10 days and I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind answering 🙂
– when did your lips return to normal?
– heat or ice for swelling by this point?
Thank You 😀
May 20, 2016 at 10:39 pm
My lips didn’t return to normal until about 2 months into recovery. You can make your own judgement by looking at my daily mugshots.
As for heat versus ice, I was told to use heat as soon as I returned home from the hospital. I found heat soothed my nerves and also helped me fall asleep.
Hope this helps! 😊
May 26, 2016 at 9:45 am
The heat is reducing the swelling faster and helps the pain 😀
May 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm
Also, when were you allowed to start chewing? Thanks
May 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm
Glad to hear the heat is providing a bit of comfort for you! I wasn’t able to start eating soft food until I had my splint out at the end of my 7th week. So if you have a splint in, you’ll likely have to wait until your surgeon removes it. If you do not have a splint, you’ll probably be allowed to start eating soft food by the end of the first month, but definitely wait for your surgeon’s approval before doing so. 😊
May 27, 2016 at 10:28 am
Thanks for the advice, I don’t have a splint thankfully.
Did you find your swelling went back up at any time?
May 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm
My swelling was really bad for the first 2 weeks, but then it started decreasing noticeably each day. I found the only thing that really caused it to increase temporarily was speaking too much throughout the day.
July 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm
hi again graham,
i have read your whole blog but i forget if you ever had to wear elastics on your back teeth. if you did, did they cut your cheeks and what did you do about it? because mine are killing me.
July 5, 2016 at 3:38 am
I wore elastics around the braces on my molars, but my braces cut into my cheeks regardless of whether I had the elastics on or not. I think that’s because swelling makes your cheeks puff out, so there’s simply less space between the braces and your cheeks.
Many orthodontists will give you wax that you can put over your braces to protect against the sharp parts, but I found that to be more annoying than helpful (plus, I kept swallowing the wax when it fell off). So truthfully, I just dealt with the pain and once my swelling went down, the problem went away. If it’s causing you a lot of grief, I recommend trying the wax to see if you can make it work for you. 😊
July 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm
Hi thanks for replying. my actual braces aren’t hurting me im used to those tears, its only the elastic bands that have been a real problem. my ortho has told me to take them off and let the gashes in my cheek heal, then try again.
July 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm
Hi again graham
this might be an odd question, but at any point when you looked in your mouth did it look like an incision was reopening? like a patch of very dark pink gum etc
July 18, 2016 at 3:46 am
Sarah, I don’t recall my incisions re-opening. If this is happening, it could be due to an infection, especially if there is pain associated with it. I recommend calling your surgeon’s office to ask about this just in case you need an anti-biotic for it.
April 10, 2016 at 3:01 am
Is that possible to fix the hump in my nose with same surgery! I have class iii and I’m 23 years old.
Thanks & Regards.
April 10, 2016 at 9:10 pm
Hi Salman, fixing the shape of your nose may be possible at the same time as fixing your jaw, but I think it will cost extra because it is not related to your jaw. I recommend asking a surgeon about this possibility.
May 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm
hey! it’s not necessarily gonna be fixed by the op, but actually, the little bump in my upper nose was totally straightened out by my double jaw surgery for my underbite. I’m currently 16 days post op and my nose is a smooth slope now 😄. people have actually commented that this change is almost as big as the change to my mouth.
February 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Im confused why the molars on the left side of your mouth aren’t touching, even after the surgery. Did they ever ‘correct’ themselves?
February 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm
Hi DJ, my surgeon was not able to safely move my jaws enough to arrive at a perfect bite. As far as I understand, this surgery, like many, has a bit of give and take to it. If my surgeon had moved my jaw to close my bite, there may have been undue pressure or stress on another part of my face that might have caused other longterm problems.
That being said, my open bite did eventually close after a couple of years of patience, so it ended up not being a longterm thing.
May 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm
“there may have been undue pressure or stress on another part of my face that might have caused other longterm problems.”
Did he tell you what those long term problems would have been? What is that metal loop looking thing by the roof of your mouth in your after surgery pic?
May 11, 2016 at 7:10 am
Hi TallKnowItAll. My surgeon said he feared my body would relapse and try to move my jaw back to its former position if he moved it too far. I’m not sure how that plays out medically, but I trusted his opinion on the matter.
The metal loop was an appliance attached to my braces that served to keep my upper palette expanded until the bone fused back together.
June 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm
Thanks! Did you have SARPE or did he do your palate with a multisegment lefort 1 ?
June 7, 2016 at 7:25 pm
I believe I had a multi segmental Le Fort 1 procedure done, but I’m not completely sure as I never actually asked for the medical names of the procedures.
June 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Thanks for the replies!! Just one more question, did they ever get your molars on your left side to touch correctly? Your story about traveling the world, after getting a computer degree, and then meeting your wife is really cool. It kinda makes you realize everything happens for a reason. Had you gone the traditional route and pursued a desk job right after graduation rather than travel the world you would have never met your wife. Pretty crazy to think.
June 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm
The molars on the left side of my bite still have a 2–3mm gap between them, so they do not touch. However, this open bite does not negatively affect any part of my life because I am still able to chew everything without any problems. I’m not sure if my brain adjusted my chewing to compensate or if it’s simply not a problem, but either way it does not bother me.
And I’m glad you find my personal story interesting! I had no intention of meeting anyone on that initial trip 4 years ago, but it was a welcome change of plans when it happened. Hope you’re doing well!