In honor of my one month since the surgery, I’m going to share with you all, the transformation of my smile throughout the years. One of my favorite things to do lately is look through pictures and sit in disbelief at how much its changed. I’m finally at a point where I’m happy with my smile. You guys won’t believe some of these pictures.
It only makes sense to start at the beginning-
At age 20, I decided to get Invisalign. My overbite was getting worse. My teeth were getting more spaced and more crooked. At the time that I saw my ortho, he told me that my overbite would not be fixed 100% with Invisalign. Jaw Surgery would be needed.
I’m finally at a point that I’m satisfied. Completely 100% satisfied. For anyone that wants to know…. I’m really happy with the results. This is exactly what I had hoped for and I don’t regret anything. The initial pain after surgery and the healing discomfort were absolutely worth it to me. As for the plugs that they had to stick up my nose after surgery, getting them pulled out was probably the worst part of this entire month. Seriously! I don’t wish it upon anyone.
A lot of people take things for granted. Be grateful if you have straight teeth, or a perfect bite, or if you’re able to close your mouth properly. I am just now realizing what it’s like to be able to experience all 3 of those things together. I finally know what it feels like to have “normal” teeth. It’s been a long time coming, and I’ve never been truly happy with my smile until now. I’ve always struggled with knowing that God purposely designed my teeth like that. I didn’t know why would He make me deal with the deformity. He wanted me to have that mouth for a reason. He knows about all the times that I got bullied and made fun of – because of my teeth. He knows about all the times people would stare at my mouth. He knows about all the times I was in tears because I was hopeless. Even though (at times) my teeth were straight, I still hated my overbite and gummy smile. I always hated that aspect. Dealing with the negative comments have impacted my self esteem and confidence greatly. Its never fun to be judged about your appearance. I had no idea that jaw surgery was even an option until my orthodontist told me. In the year that i had Invisalign, every time that I’d see my ortho he’d mention the jaw surgery. What were my thoughts? “Yeah, that’s not happening, thanks though.” I did not want surgery. I was scared beyond belief. The sound of getting my jaw fractured did not sound appealing to me. I was starting to dislike going for my appts because I knew that surgery would get brought up again. Towards the end of my Invisalign treatment, I feel like something casted over me and told me that I should consider it. I was still really scared. Getting the jaw surgery, the thought of disrespecting God and changing my face was unsettling for me. However, having everything eventually fall into place, I feel like this was His gift to me. If it truly wasn’t meant to be, it wouldn’t have happened. He wanted me to get this, and I’ve been so blessed to have a fast recovery.
I’ve been getting positive feedback from people around me and it brings me great joy to hear it. It’s made this past month so much easier. I don’t think you all understand just how much it means to me! I’ve been so lucky to have the support! I’ve heard of people going through a depression state for the first few weeks and I can attest to it. It affects you mentally and emotionally. From my experience, recovery is what you make it. A positive outlook gave me a positive recovery. Yes, my teeth still need a few adjustments. Yes, I can’t feel my upper gums. Yes, I still get pain in my jaw joint. If I mention some type of pain or discomfort that I’m dealing with, I’m welcoming it with open arms. Going through this pain has lead me to a huge gain. It could be so much worse. My overbite and gummy smile are fixed and that’s the only thing I asked for…
I never thought I’d be able to say it, but — I really love my smile. I will never take it for granted.