After Jaw Surgery – 1 and a half years later!

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  • Kelly Vivian


    Great blog I love it..many dentists have told me I have a bad underbite and need surgery and im scared. We have started the process and am waiting for INVISILIGN models to be made (braces you cant see) and my dentist is a good friend of mine Doctor Clint Herzog..I have a consultation with the oral surgeon he referred us to on wednesday..and idea what to ask?

    B. Can you give me a schedule of the day of surgery best you can remember..time, things you had to do…etc


  • Kelly,


    Definitely talk to him about getting Invisalign, because for jaw surgery, they need actual metal braces to keep everything in place, so he may recommend those after or in place of Invisalign.

    Other than that, the major things to ask are if you’ll need one jaw moved, or both, and approximately how far in mm you’ll need to move everything, just to get an idea of the severity of the case, which can give you a better idea of recovery time, etc.

    Just for reference, I had a total move of about 11mm, which is relatively high, but everything still went great, and I couldn’t be happier that I did it.

    As you’ll see on the forums ( ) many people are terrified before surgery, including myself, then realize it wasn’t really that big of a deal when it’s all over.

    I hope that helps, and if you have any other questions, come join us on the forums where there’s tons of different perspectives from other past, present, and future jaw surgery patients too.

    Thanks again,

  • Great blog I love it..many dentists have told me I have a bad underbite and need surgery and im scared. We have started the process and am waiting for INVISILIGN models to be made (braces you cant see) and my dentist is a good friend of mine Doctor Clint Herzog..I have a consultation with the oral surgeon he referred us to on wednesday..and idea what to ask?

  • Mikael

    Hey Brandon!

    Greeting from Singapore! Looking good matey! I am going to under go the surgery this coming tuesday, 20th July 2010! nervous and a bit scared, but happy at the same time. I just wanna get this done as quick as possible. Amazing job with the blogs and video! 🙂

    Best Regrads,


  • @Harlene: For some reason, your comment landed in the spam folder, so I didn’t see it until now, but I hope your consultation went well.

    Let us know what you found out on the forums:

    @Mikael: Thanks, and best of luck with your surgery in two days!

    Let us know how it goes on the forums too:

  • Mikael

    Hey Brandon and fellow jaw surgery patients!

    This is my 3rd day post surgery, dislike the numbness on my lower lip and chin and the swelling of course, aside of that, been trying to get used to drinking with syringe (milk, soup, “yuckies” Antibiotics and vitamin C mostly) LOL. not having fun so far, but i know it will worth it in the coming weeks. been trying to walk as much as i can to increase the blood flow to fasten up the healing process (According to my surgeon). while for the mean times I am just trying to move around the house, watching DVDs and TV, listening to music, surfing the internet and playing games. 🙂

  • Connie

    Hey, have been looking for reviews of people who know about this, and after bbrowsing the search engines, I came to your article, and it islovely write up. Too bad I took all these days getting to your site. Saved you in my bookmarks already. I shall return pretty soon. Just keep on writing your blog will get really popular.

  • Mike

    Hey Brandon,

    Thanks for the great story. I am just starting to get everything in place for my surgery. I actually just saw my surgeon this morning to get everything in place. I have to see him again on Thursday. I am sooo nervous for this. I have to have my jaw wired shut for about 45 days (6 1/2 weeks), thats what they are estimating it to be right now anyways.

    Thanks for all the information.

  • Thanks Mike, it can seem really intimidating at first, but as long as you are comfortable with and trust in your surgeon and orthodontist and follow their directions, everything should go fine and it will all be over before you know it.

    The forums are a great place to hang out and get some of your early anxiety and questions answered too, hope to see you there:

  • LaJeanna

    Hey Brandon,

    Your story is very interesting, and I’m sure your blogs helps many people any takes off some of the pressure and anxiety about having jaw surgery. Your jaw surgery helped you tremendously. What are some of the drawbacks of your jaw surgery?

  • Hey LJ,

    Thanks! For me, I can’t think of a single drawback. The entire process was great, and the benefits have been amazing!

    Thanks again,

  • Your site is awesome, what a great help for those of us in the early process. It makes it all a lot less scary. I first had the option to get surgery about 9 years ago, but I was too scared and back then there wasn’t really anything online that had to do with peoples experiences. Tomorrow is my first appointment and thanks to your site and other websites devoted to these issues, I’m not nervous at all 🙂

  • Thanks Terra, and best of luck to you throughout the whole process!

    Hope to see you on the forums too with your updates and/or questions:

  • Josh

    Hi Brandon, my name is josh and I am a college freshmen in Indiana. I am 19 and I have been told I have to get jaw surgery because, much like you, my teeth only actually meet in a couple places. I was told I need surgery over a year ago, but I have been too scared to continue with the process of getting things ready for the surgery. I was wondering how long you had to have your mouth wired shut and how long did it take for you to actually be back to normal completely. I really appreciate this site and all your help

  • Hi Josh, sounds a lot like me in that I waited a while too after first looking into it, but I know for me I wish I had just done it and gotten it over with. I can’t complain though because everything worked out perfectly, and I was wired shut for 5 weeks. For things to get back to almost normal was about 6 months, then the last 5-10% of completely normal was a little over a year. Seems like a long time but looking back only a few years later now, it was a very small price to pay for my new bite.

  • holly

    Hi Brandon,

    First of all I think your videos are amazing!
    What a great idea, I’m due to have surgery around October time, for my off centre jaw and the over bite of the lower, as much as I can’t wait to have it done I’m a little nervous, I mean It’s major surgery, but watching your videos has really helped me get over those fears. Im 21 and iv had my braces on for nearly six years now, can’t wait till its all over 😀
    You look great and your teeth are amazing.
    Holly x

  • Thanks Holly! Best of luck with everything, keep us updated on the forums as well as posting any questions and comments you have here:

  • im getting surgery in less then a week i feel kindah nervous as everyone else i have some health issues but they wont get in the way i mean your not a doctor but these blogs help alot really. i was just going to get lower jaw surgery now im getting top and bottom and i dont know if i will look good with my top jaw moved to the front the pictures i seen that my surgeron has done are great but everyone is different its not something easy to live with you known this. i hear the only risk is the nerv but this being blind risk!!! is crazy

  • That’s the first I’ve heard of the being blind risk, but as with any surgery, there are several risks, though most are rare. As long as you are confident and comfortable with your doctor and team and follow their guidelines, you should be fine, and good luck with everything!

    Let us know how it turns out on the forums

  • wow i am 12 years old and I have to get that done but it is all up to me just went for the consltation today yay and it had a video and i heard you get stiches in the mouth. 🙁 i don’t think i wanna get this done but i think i will at the same time.

  • John

    I’m wondering if anyone can answer this question for me.
    I was meant to have this kind of surgery back when i was 18-19. I decided against in the end, my jaw doesn’t protrude extremely. Theres about a 3-4 mm gap between my front and lower teeth.
    Anyway, my question was, would this surgery leave the jaw in a permanently weakened condition afterwards?
    I train in MMA, a combat sport. If i was ever to decide to have this procedure, would it be the end of combat sports for me?
    Like, would i end up with a ‘glass chin?’
    Thanks for any advice.

  • Linda jones

    Hey im just wondering if after jaw surgery do you need to be premedicated to go to the dentist? ….. Because of the metal in your mouth….. Thanks erika

  • Just let your dentist know ahead of time and your surgeon, as you may be able to schedule your dental appointment around your surgery, either before or a few months after, because it’s going to be tough to get anything done soon after the surgery.

    Some others on the forums may have more experience with this situation so definitely try asking there too:

  • hai brandon,, i am getting my braces next year to start this process,, ihow long did you stay with braces before doing your surgery ???thanks

  • Every case is very different Christine, but I personally had braces on for about a year before surgery and another year after surgery. You can get a lot more answers from different patients that may be more similar to your case here:

  • Christina

    Wow! what a great blog you’ve created. Im having my jaw surgery in a week. I can’t believe its about to happen. Im scared and excited all at the same time. On a whim I googled jaw surgery and found your blog. Im feeling a lot better about things now. Thank you so much for posting your journey. Your very brave to have done this blog. Ill be back to check it out with my sibilings. They don’t quite know whats about to happen and I think this will help show them. Thank you again.

  • Thanks so much Christina, and yes we can all relate to that excited/nervous feeling! Best of luck with your surgery and definitely let us know how it goes on the forums here:

  • Jessica

    Hi I’m 16 and I don’t have the overbite problem I just need some advice on the oral surgeon consultation… Yesterday I went to the dentist for clicking noises and pain in my jaw he says he thinks it is something to do with the disk being inflamed therefore my jaw rubs and doesn’t fit properly he has referred me to an oral surgeon and I’m terrified because I haven’t experienced this before so how does the consultation with the surgeon work… What will he do and does this mean I definitely need the surgery

    Thanks a lot
    Jess xx

  • The consultation is usually very easy and no major work is done, more of a discussion and examination to determine what is going on and discuss your options

  • Tyson

    Hey Brandon,

    I wrote to you a while ago telling you how inspiring your story was and it gave me the courage to go ahead, because like you, my bite was a little more complex of a case. I had a class III cross bite, so they not only had to rotate my jaw, but they had to expand my upper jaw by cutting it into three pieces. I am happy to say that I’m on day 12 in my recovery and things are looking really good. The first week was horrible, but it’s been up and up since then. The hardest part is getting calories in my body. It looks like you’re a bit of a lifter recreationally, like myself. It took me 6 months to get my lean weight up to 202 lbs, and then in one week, it dropped to 184. It was so sad…now I’ve dropped a total of 20 lbs. Do you have any tips in terms of diet to get calories? I’m sure you were also on an all liquid diet during the first phase of recovery and I’m guessing your surgeon told you not to work out during the first recovery phase as well.
    Thanks again for your story, man. It was one of the more impacting ones for me in terms of finally just getting it done and I have no regrets so far.

  • Courtney

    Hey Brandon (and fellow jaw surgery victims :P) !

    I am 24 years old and I knew way back when that I needed braces. I saw an orthodontist when I was in the eighth grade and when he told my father that I would need surgery to correct my bite I think he was more nervous than I was. He later asked me if I still wanted to go through with it and of course I told him yes. Unfortunately, nothing came of it though. I suppose at such a young age I had no idea what I was getting into and I didn’t.

    Two years ago I looked into doing the whole sha-bang. I went to an orthodontist (he told me two years for braces if I had the surgery and four without it but I wouldn’t like the results without the surgery) as well I had an appointment to see a jaw surgeon. He made me feel comfortable but I had so many questions and I never went through with it due to how scared I was. Plus, they kept pressuring me to gain weight and it really isn’t easy to do.. (any tips??)

    Now I am looking back into it all over again. When I think of it now all I can imagine is that this process could have been done and over with already if I just went through with it and sucked up my fear! I came across this site previously when searching about the jaw surgery two years ago but never took the time to sit here and watch all these videos and after watching them I feel completely comfortable with going through with it!! (I have a large overbite 10mm)

    I do want to ask you Brandon though, when did you go back to school/work? I know everyone’s healing time will differ but for me I’d be too scared to go back even remotely swollen. I had to go back to work a week after my wisdom teeth were pulled and my face was still swollen and bruised. It’s embarrassing and everyone has their insecurities.

    Thanks for your time 🙂

  • Thanks Tyson and congrats!

    I ate lots of applesauce (through a tube and syringe), lots of yogurt, Ensure, protein shakes and even liquid peanut butter, but of course still lost a bit of weight, but once you get back on solid food eventually, the weight will come back pretty fast.

    Be sure to share your experience and questions on the forums too, where you can get lots more points of view and food ideas too:

  • Sounds almost exactly like my experience of putting it off a couple of times before finally going through with it. I totally get your anxiety about going back to school/work after and unfortunately I can’t offer much advice there, because I was very fortunate to be working from home at the time. There may be people on the forums though that can give you better answers from similar points of view:

  • Lehran

    I had jaw surgery on dec 18th and I am wondering from personal experience when did you start drinking alcohol again. It’s new years and I want to have some wine.

  • Jessica

    Hi Brandon,
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Hearing you talk about eating before surgery sounds like my story now. I have a large overbite, and am 32 years old. So I have put this off a long time! I am at the beginning stages of planning my surgery, and I was wondering if you could tell me the name of your surgeon again. I tried googling the name I thought you said, but the spelling must be way off. I am from NOVA, so Richmond isn’t too far away. Thank you!


  • Congrats on a successful surgery Lehran, but I don’t drink, so not sure on that one, definitely something to ask your surgeon about just to be safe…

  • My pleasure Jessica and yes his name spelling is pretty tricky, it’s Dr. Wlodawsky and I highly recommend him based on my personal experience.

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