Daughter wanting surgery - need advice

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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/21/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
This isn't the right place, but don't know where would be - my daughter wants to get her jaw broken, then put back differently.  shocked  She has an "open bite," which makes it a strain to completely put her lips together.  She also mouth-breathes too much, esp. when she's sleeping.  This isn't good for her overall health.  She also wants it done for cosmetic reasons, not liking the way her jaw slopes inward.  The orthodontist tried to talk us into this 4 years ago, when she was about to get her braces off, but of course at that point she just wanted them off & couldn't focus on it.  My husband said, "That's ridiculous!  No way!"  So I figured fine, who am I to make a big deal about it? 
 
Now she's 20, and pushing for this.  She and I are talking to the orthodontist this afternoon.  I'm dreading it.  Does anyone know anything about this type of surgery?  
Debbie
   
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   Posted 4/21/2010 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My son had an overbite.  He was nine years old and had to wear an appliance that helped stimulate bone growth to pull his lower jaw out to meet his upper jaw.  If it didn't work, they were going to have to break his jaw to make the correction.  The appliance did work for him but this shows this is a common procedure.
 
My daughters old boyfriend had an underbite.  His jaw stuck way out.  When he was about your daughter's age, he went through that surgery.  They broke his jaw and took out some bone to bring his jaw together for a  normal bite.   His jaw was wired shut and he got his nutrition through a straw.  I think this was for about a month.  It completely changed his appearance and he was gorgeous!  He was and still is so glad he had this done.
 
Your daughter's orthodontist should be able to fill you in better about the procedure but if she is under your insurance, this could be a good, life changing procedure for her.  You all should sit down together and really discuss it first.  Best of luck and let us know what you decide to do.
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 4/21/2010 2:08:00 PM (GMT-6)


Acheybody
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   Posted 4/21/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Sherrine, it's good to hear a success story. We have a lot to think about. The orthodontist said these days you can usually open your mouth after about a day! But it's still a really big deal, of course. We'll just have to see....
Debbie
   
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    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
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AustenFan
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   Posted 4/22/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I know of two people (just aquaintances) who have had this done as teens, and both times it was a successful procedure. I don't know the specifics of the medical issues, but I do know that they were both happier with their appearances afterward.

Best wishes not matter what she decides.

Hugs - Austen
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